Lion Air Flight Crashed 13 minutes After Take Off

In recent news, a Lion Air flight that was carrying 189 passengers crashed into the sea on Monday morning. Rescue officials said that they are not expecting to find any survivors. The pilot died in the crash, which was confirmed by the Indian consulate in Jakarta. The flight took off from Jakarta going to the city of Pangkal Pinang---which is located off the island of Sumatra---and crashed into the sea minutes after taking off.  Rescuers were in inflatable boats and retrieved many human remains as well as personal belongings and pieces of the aircraft from the Java Sea.

Many family members of the passengers and crew members gathered by the authorities in the airport, in hopes that there would be a miracle and that their family members survived. Many people are questioning why the airplane suddenly lost altitude; when Lion Air flight 610 crashed, it killed all 189 people on board.  Harborfields student Victoria Bell said, “It is insanely important to have investigators in times like these to look into what happened and make the families aware of what happened to their loved ones.”

The flight was routine, and was expected to take only a little over an hour; investigators are still trying to figure out what made the flight crash after 13 minutes. When interviewing Ellie Lockwood, she said, “It is crazy to think that just 13 minutes after this flight took off it crashed and all 189 people died.”

On Tuesday, the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, arrived at the Tanjung Priok port on Tuesday with rescue teams. At Tanjung Priok port, remains were uncovered from this tragic incident. The night before this plane took off, the flight crew reported an issue with the plane, but repairs followed their report. There was a miscommunication following their report which later led to the Lion Air flight crashing into the sea on Monday morning.

The police reported that on late Monday, 24 body bags were sent to a near hospital to determine their cause of death. Each of the 24 body bags contained remains of more than one person. This made it extremely difficult to determine the DNA of each body. DNA samples from 132 family members were taken to help with the identification of their bodies. When interviewed, Simarleen Rana said: “It is important to have investigations to allow family members to know what happened to their family members despite how sad it might be.”

The agency staff is going through personal belongings recovered from this flight, such as passports, wallets, and other belongings from the people who died on the flight. Personal items were still being recovered from the sea in attempts to be identified. According to the rescue swimmers and investigators, all 189 people are assumed to be dead, and they do not believe any have survived.

Lili Noah