Indonesia plane crash kills all 189 on board
A jetliner carrying 189 people from Jakarta crashed into the Java Sea on Monday, killing all aboard and renewing concerns about air safety in a vast island nation dependent on air travel.
Minutes after takeoff, with the skies clear, the crew of Lion Air Flight 610 contacted air traffic controllers and asked permission to return to the airport.
“The request was permitted,” said a spokesman for the Indonesian air navigation authorities. “Then we lost contact. It was very quick, maybe around one minute.”
Witnesses who saw the plane hurtle into Karawang Bay, northeast of Ja- karta, told the authorities they had not heard an explosion.
By airplane standards, the Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed was brand new. It was delivered to Lion Air in August and had flown only about 800 hours.