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Indonesia: First Crash in the History of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 With 189 People on Board

Indonesian authorities have confirmed the crash of a Boeing from the Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air, which was carrying 189 people. The aircraft ended its trajectory in the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta.

Early in the morning of October 29, a low-cost Lion Air plane crashed in the Java Sea while flying JT610, a domestic journey from Jakarta’s Indonesian capital to Pangkal. Pinang. The 189 people on board, including passengers and crew, may have died in what is the first crash in the history of the US Boeing 737 MAX 8.

The Flightradar flight tracking site shows the distance traveled by the aircraft, its trajectory ending off the coast.

Indonesia: First crash in the history of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 with 189 people on board© Flightradar24
Screenshot of the Flightradar24 website showing the trajectory of the plane before its crash.

Quoting the words of Yusuf Latif, the spokesman of the agency responsible for research, AFP confirmed that the teams were “still looking for the remains of the aircraft” in an area where the depth is estimated to between 30 to 40 meters.

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Sindu Rahayu, director general of civil aviation at the Ministry of Transport, confirmed the registration of 178 passengers aboard the plane, including one child and two infants. “The plane had asked to return to its base before finally disappearing radar,” he added. The contact between the aircraft and the air traffic control stopped at 6:30 am local time.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 is part of the fourth generation of the 737 family, it can accommodate up to 200 people on board. The fleet of the Indonesian company Lion Air had until the day of the crash of eight models of this type in service and had 184 orders in progress.

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