AceShowbiz - Indonesia's Lion Air flight JT-610 crashed in the sea off Jakarta on Monday morning, October 29 at roughly 6:30 A.M. local time. The plane lost contact with air control 13 minutes after it took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Greater Jakarta and was en route to Pangkal Pinang, Bangka.
Lion Air's CEO, Edward Sait, has now confirmed that pilots had reported a technical problem on Sunday night when the Boeing 737 Max 8 was flying from Denpasar to Jakarta. He, however, said that the plane was cleared by engineers and was declared airworthy when it took off on Monday morning. "This plane previously flew from Denpasar to Jakarta," he stated. "There was a report of a technical issue which had been resolved according to procedure."
The jet was carrying 181 passengers, as well as six crew members and two pilots. Soerjanto Tjahjono, an official at the safety transport committee, said the cause of crash can't be determined before the black box is recovered. "We will collect all data from the control tower. The plane is so modern, it transmits data from the plane and that we will review too. But the most important is the black box," he stated.
Evacuation procedure has been ongoing after the plane crash and officials have found what appears to be plane debris and personal items floating in water at the crash site. Photos released by Indonesia Disaster Mitigation Agency show investigators examining handbags, clothing, cellphones, ID cards and drivers licenses believed to belong to the passengers. They are still trying to locate the Emergency Locator Transmitter which is currently not transmitting.
The plane was last seen on the radar at 6:22 A.M. at 2,500 to 3,000 feet. It was reported that the pilot requested a return to the airport shortly before the crash. Flight data showed it made a sudden, sharp dive into the sea.
While there were thunderstorms in the general area, there weren't any storms over the location where the plane apparently vanished from radar, making it unlikely that weather played a part in the accident.