188 passengers and crew are feared dead as debris from a Lion Air 737 MAX 8 has washed up onshore near Jakarta.
Lion Air flight JT-610 took off this morning at 6:21 A.M. from Jakarta enroute to Pangkal Pinang. Just 13 minutes after takeoff, the flight lost contact with air traffic control. While there was no mayday call or radar indication of a problem, it never arrived at its destination.
Hours later, as search teams combed the bay just north of Jakarta, debris was located. This included plane parts, lifejackets, personal belongings and oil.
The flight was operated by a Boeing 737 Max 8, only a few months old. According to Indonesian officials, the flight manifest included 178 adults, 3 infants, two pilots, and five cabin crew members.
Edward Sirait, Lion Air’s CEO, provided little insight:
We cannot give any comment at this moment. We are trying to collect all the information and data.
Although this story is developing, I do not expect good news.
We're following reports that contact has been lost with Lion Air flight #JT610 shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 29, 2018
For a country that has been through so much tragedy in the preceding weeks with a recent massive earthquake, tsunami, and its aftermath, my heart breaks for every soul onboard as well as their friends and family. I clutched my son tight tonight as I tucked him into bed. Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away. But how sad when it happens so suddenly.
image: Lion Air