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Lion Air flight Crashed in Indonesia, all 189 people aboard Lion Flight feared dead

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Indonesian Lion Air Flight Crashes: The Lion Air Flight that took off From Jakarta to the city of pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea after 13 minutes of take off.

Lion Air Flight JT610 went down from 4,850 feet (1,479 meters) in just 13 minutes. The plane was carrying 181 passengers as well as six cabin crew members and two pilots, rescue officials said that there are not expecting any survivors, all are feared dead. The pilot and Indian died in the crash, confirmed the Indian embassy in Jakarta.

As many as 21 body bags have been transported to a hospital in east Jakarta for identification as rescue workers continue to search the sea. The bags contained human remains, debris from the airplane and personal items belonging to the victims, according Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue agency. Six bodies were recovered earlier in the day and taken to the same hospital.

Shortly after take off from Jakarta, one of the plane’s pilots requested permission to return to the airport about 19 kilometres out from take off indicating the crew may have been struggling with some type of failure.

The aircraft would have been given priority landing upon such a request but after sometime the air traffic controller lost the Contact with the plane. The plane had not turned back according to the radar.

The plan had reported problems the night before on a flight from Denpasar to Jakarta, Lion Air’s CEO Edward Strait said. Strait said engineers had checked and repaired the problem and reported that the plane was ready to fly.

Lion Air acquired the aircraft in August and it had flown only 800 hours. In the wake of the crash, Australia has advised its government officials and contractors not to fly Lion Air. Lion Air was added to the European union’s Blacklist of banned carriers in July 2007, and removed from the list in June 2016, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

In 2007 the EU banned all 51 Indonesian airlines from its airspace, following a series of crashes and concerns over falling safety standards. However standard have since improved and major carriers including Lion Air were gradually removed from the list over the years.

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