Monday 29 October 2018

Lion Air 737 crashed shortly after takeoff…killing all on board

A Lion Air flight traveling from Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK/WIII) Indonesia to Pangkal Pinang Airport (PGK/WIPK) Indonesia crashed shortly after take off this morning killing all 188 people on board. Lion Air flight JT610 took off from runway 25L at Soekarno-Hatta Airport at 06:21am local time and was due to land at around 7:30am in Pangkal Pinang. Weather at the time of departure was fine with light winds. The aircraft is believed to have gone down 13 minutes into the flight and about 34 nautical miles north-west of Jakarta. Officials said the plane had been carrying 178 adults, one infant and two babies, as well as two pilots and six cabin crew. Three of those cabin crew were in training and this was their first flight.
The aircraft itself, a Boeing 737-8 Max, is brand new having been manufactured earlier this year and Lion Air took ownership on the 15th August . The aircraft had only clocked up 800 hours of flying time. Lion Air flies to 126 destinations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and China and is the second largest low-cost carrier in south-east Asia after Malaysia's AirAsia. The low-cost carrier has had a poor safety record for many years. Since 2002, Lion Air has had more than a dozen major incidents or accidents. The most deadly was in 2004 when a plane overshot the runway and crashed into a cemetery in Surakarta, killing 31 people.

Aircraft Information
Airline: Lion Air
Code: JT / LNI
Aircraft Type: Boeing 737 MAX 8
Flight Number: JT 610
Registration: PK-LQP
Serial Number: 43000
Engines: 2 x CFMI - LEAP 1B
First Flew: 30/07/2018
Age: 3 months

Thoughts and prayers go out to the immediate family and friends who lost loved ones, our thoughts also go out to the staff of Lion Air
                                                   GOD BLESS

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