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A Lion Air 737 Max 8 crashed on takeoff from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The aircraft, one of the newest in the fleet with just over 800 hours, was carrying almost 200 passengers when it disappeared from radar.
Lion Air #JT610 summary
Operated by a Boeing 737 MAX 8 registration PK-LQP, delivered in August 2018.
23:20 UTC Take off from Jakarta
23:31 UTC Last signal received at 425 feet AMSL. Vertical speed -30,000 feet/min.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 29, 2018
The flight’s, JT 610, scheduled time was to be just over an hour to the city of Pangkal Pinang.
The pilot announced his intention to return to the airport but the plane never turned back. Crews immediately began search and rescue operations. Six bodies and a portion of the tail have been recovered so far. One thing that his hampering the recovery is that the aircraft’s underwater acoustic beacon signal has not been detected.
Boeing, the manufacturer of the stricken aircraft, released the following:
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lion Air Flight JT 610. We express our concern for those on board, and extend heartfelt sympathies to their families and loved ones. STATEMENT: https://t.co/5e18xbb4uX
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) October 29, 2018
My heart goes out to the families and friends of the passengers.
featured image courtesy of airways mag.