An Indonesian Lion Air plane carrying 188 passengers and crew crashed into the sea Monday, moments after it had asked to be allowed to return to Jakarta. The jet vanished from radar just 13 minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital, plunging into the ocean. Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja captained the ill-fated Indonesian plane which crashed into the sea with 189 passengers and crew on board while en-route to Pangkal city.
The crash is the latest in a series of air accidents to rock Indonesia. Indonesian relies heavily on air transport to connect its thousands of islands but has suffered a string of deadly plane crashes in recent years. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight carried 178 adults, 1 child and 2 infants, including 3 crew under training and 1 technician, the airline said in a statement. Officials said the non-stop search effort has sent 48 body bags containing human remains to police identification experts. Indonesia’s Transport Ministry has ordered all Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes operated by Lion Air and national carrier Garuda to be inspected.
But this not the first plane crash tragedy in Indonesia, here few worst aviation disasters in the country of Islands:
- April 22, 1974: Pan American World Airways flight PA812, a Boeing 707-321B aircraft, registered N892PA, was scheduled to operate a regular public transport flight direct from Sydney, Australia, to Honolulu, U.S.A. There were 125 passengers on board the aircraft. On April 22, 1974, it crashed into a rough mountainous terrain while preparing for a runway approach to Denpasar after a 4-hour 20-minute flight from Hong Kong. All the passengers including crew members were killed in the accident.
- September 26, 1997: Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 was a scheduled domestic Indonesian passenger flight from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta to Polonia International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, operated by Garuda Indonesia using an Airbus A300B4. On September 26, 1997, Flight 152, on final approach into Polonia International Airport, crashed into mountainous woodlands from Medan during low visibility caused by the 1997 Southeast Asian haze. All 234 passengers and crew were killed. With 234 fatalities, it is the deadliest airline disaster in Indonesia’s history.
- September 5, 2005: Mandala Airlines Flight 91 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight that originated from Polonia International Airport in Medan, Indonesia to Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta. Mandala Airlines domestic flight crashed shortly after take-off in 2005 into a densely populated suburb in Medan, a city of two million on the island of Sumatra, killing at least 150 including passengers, crew and people on the ground.
- January 1, 2007: Adam Air Flight 574 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight operated by Adam Air between the Indonesian cities of Surabaya and Manado. Due to some faulty navigation system it broke down mid-air and crashed into the sea. The fate of the Boeing 737-400 remained a mystery after it disappeared off radar screens. All 102 passengers including crew members were killed in the accident. The airline was later banned from flying. Indonesian authorities said the pilots lost control after becoming preoccupied with malfunctioning navigational equipment.
- December 28, 2014: Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 was a scheduled international passenger flight, operated by AirAsia Group affiliate Indonesia AirAsia, from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. The aircraft crashed into the Java Sea during bad weather, killing all 155 passengers and seven crew on board. Two days after the crash, debris from the aircraft and human remains were found floating in the Java Sea.
(Inputs from Agencies)
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