Lion Air flight JT-610 left Jakarta at 06:20 local time on Monday morning and crashed into the sea about 13 minutes later. The aircraft was a Boeing 737 MAX 8 which was delivered to Lion Air in August. The MAX series is Boeing’s latest version of the 737.
The pilot and co-pilot had combined experience of 11,000 hours.
The aircraft had struggled to maintain consistent altitude and speed and had requested a return to the airport. The aircraft dropped off radar moments later.
The number of souls on board is: 178 adult passengers 1 child 2 babies 2 pilots and 6 flight attendants.
Data from @Flightradar24 seems to indicate that the pilots struggled with the aircraft throughout the short flight ultimately loosing control resulting in a high speed crash into the sea.
Small pieces of debris have been found:
Indonesia energy firm Pertamina says debris, including plane seats, have been found near its facility in the Java sea.
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