INDONESIA: NO SIGN OF CRASHED LION AIR WRECKAGE

JAKARTA, Indonesian search-and-rescue authorities have yet to find the wreckage of a Lion Air aircraft with 189 people on board that crashed in the sea north of Jakarta early today.

As of 2 pm (3 pm in Malaysia), the SAR team comprising the military, police and personnel from the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) did not find any wreckage of the aircraft, said BagusSunjoyo, head of Region 1 of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 had come down in the TanjungKarawang waters minutes after taking off at 6.20 am (7.20 am in Malaysia) from the airport here.

The authorities are using divers. Fishermen are also helping to look for the aircraft, he said.

Bagus said pieces of what looked like aircraft debris and the belongings of the passengers have been found.

The flight was scheduled to arrive at the Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang on Pulau Bangka Belitung at 7.10 am (8.10 am in Malaysia).

Meanwhile, Malaysian Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia ZamshariShaharan said the Malaysian embassy has yet to get confirmation from the Indonesian authorities on whether foreign nationals including Malaysians were on the flight.

The mission is working with the local authorities and relevant agencies to obtain the list of passengers, he added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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