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Jakarta Post

BREAKING: 189 people on downed Lion Air flight, ministry says

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 29, 2018   /   10:39 am
BREAKING: 189 people on downed Lion Air flight, ministry says The total number of people on the plane was 189.  (TJP/File)

A downed Lion Air plane that took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta for Pangkalpinang in Bangka Belitung was carrying 181 passengers, including three minors, a spokesperson at the Transportation Ministry said on Monday.

There were two pilots and six flight attendants on the plane, the National Transportation Safety Commission said in a separate statement on Monday. The total number of people on the plane was 189, according to the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas).

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The directorate general is coordinating with relevant authorities to conduct search and rescue operations, she said.

"The directorate general is coordinating with National Search and Rescue Agency, Lion Air as the operator, the Sea Transportation Directorate General and the Indonesian Flight Navigation Service Institution (LPPNPI) in search and rescue activities for the JT 610 plane," Sindu Rahayu of the Air Transportation Directorate General said in a statement on Monday morning.

A vessel traffic service officer at Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta, Suyadi, told The Jakarta Post that a tugboat crew reported to him that they saw the debris of the plane 7 nautical miles (12.96 kilometers) north of Tanjung Bungin, Karawang, West Java.

Flightradar24, a Swedish internet-based service that shows real-time commercial aircraft flight information on a map, tweeted on Monday morning Jakarta time that the plane was "brand new" and Lion Air received it only in August this year.

The plane was scheduled to land at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkalpinang at 7:10 a.m. Jakarta time. (evi/afr)

Editor's note: A correction has been made to the earlier version of this article. The number of passengers on the plane was 181, including two children and one baby, and the number of crew members was eight (two pilots and six flight attendants).