Indonesian rescuers retrieve body parts from Lion Air crash site

Indonesian rescuers retrieve body parts from Lion Air crash site

No survivors were found, said a spokesman of Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency.

The Transport Ministry said the plane took off from Jakarta at about 6:20 a.m. and crashed just 13 minutes later.

While the aircraft is yet to take to Australian skies, Virgin Australia has 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes on order, with the first of the fleet due to arrive in late 2019.

Relatives are praying and hugging each other at Pangkal Pinang airport as the recovery effort for the flight, which crashed into the Java Sea carrying 189 people, continues.

The MAX 8 has a top capacity of 178 to 200 passengers, depending on the configuration of the first-class cabin, according to Boeing.

Authorities have begun search and rescue (SAR) operations for the passengers and crew of Lion Air flight JT610, which went missing on Monday morning en route from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang in Bangka Belitung. Suneja had 6,000 flight hours and the co-pilot more than 5,000 flight hours, the airline said in a statement. The US lifted a decade long ban in 2016.

The same model of a new type of aircraft that crashed into the ocean after taking off from Indonesia's capital of Jakarta is set to be used by Australian airlines.


"We hope, we pray, but we can not confirm", He said, adding that no distress signal had been heard from the plane's emergency transmitter.

"Lion Air is very concerned about this incident and will work with relevant agencies and all parties", said spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro.

Data from FlightRadar24 shows the first sign of something amiss was around two minutes into the flight, when the plane had reached 2,000 feet.

Search and rescue agency head Muhmmad Syaugi said teams had begun removing bodies from the crash site and that mobile phones and life vests had been found in waters about 100ft deep near where the plane lost contact with ground officials. "That's something we only see on TV news, now it happened to my son", Nurbana said.

He joined Emirates in 2010 and shifted to Lion Air in Jakarta in March 2011. The airline reportedly said there was a technical issue with the same aircraft on its previous flight, although it indicated this had been resolved.

"The South African embassy in Jakarta has obtained a passenger manifest for the said flight and, based on this passenger manifest, indications are that there were no South African nationals on board the Lion Air flight JT 610", he said.

Lion Air, a discount carrier, is one of Indonesia's youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and global destinations.

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