Lion Air 737 Max 8 Crashes into Sea After Takeoff

Lion Air has confirmed flight JT-610 to Pangkalpinang, Indonesia with 189 people onbord crashed near Kerawang shortly after takeoff from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport. The aircraft was a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 which was manufactured earlier this year and put into service by Lion Air in August.

Lion Air 737 MAX 8. Source: Boeing

The flight scheduled to take just over an hour crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after takeoff.

The airline reports 178 adults, 1 child and 2 infants were aboard the flight along with 6 flight attendants and 2 flight crew. Captain Bhavye Suneja and co-pilot Havino had over 11,000 combined flight hours.


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