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189 lives lost after an Indonesian plane crashes into the sea

Cole Marullo, Reporter

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189 people died after their plane crashed into a sea near Indonesia. All of the passengers died after the crash occurred. There is no clear explanation about how the plane crashed yet.

The aircraft’s pilot had asked to return to Jakarta’s airport shortly after takeoff, and his request was cleared by air traffic controllers. The plane then lost contact with controllers and plunged into the sea from 3,000 feet.

Authorities quickly launched a search and rescue mission but later said they did not expect to find any survivors. On Monday, rescuers found lots of debris, such as parts of the aircraft’s fuselage, ID cards, and bags belonging to the passengers of the plane. Bodies and body parts were also found and sent to hospitals for identification.

At the refining facility nearby there was remnants of the aircraft found as well, including plane seats in the water. Officials said they have received no confirmation that anyone survived. A search and rescue official stated, “My prediction is that no one has survived, because none of the victims have been found,” said by Bambang Suryo Aji. The national search and rescue agency’s director of operations.

Nine body bags filled with parts of victim’s bodies were taken to the hospital. Fifteen ships are looking for the plane’s main section and the victims, Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, said at an evening news conference on Monday at Jakarta airport. More than 300 rescuers have been deployed from the search and rescue agency. Among them 30 divers plunging deep into the water to find the remaining parts of the fuselage. Some other parts they are diving for is the aid of underwater robots and sonar technology.

Its airline was banned from flying to the United States in 2007 because they were “Deficient in one or more areas, such as their technical area and their trained personnel, record keeping, or inspection procedures.” The Federal Aviation Administration lifted the ban in 2016 after they showed signs of improvement. Even the European Union similarly banned Indonesian carriers from flying into European airspace from 2007 until June.

 

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189 lives lost after an Indonesian plane crashes into the sea