KNKT dispatches 30 personnel to Lion Air crash site

Jakarta-The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) has dispatched some 30 personnel to the location where the Lion Air JT610 aircraft crashed off the TanjungKarawang coast in West Java on Monday.

The ill-fated Lion Air plane, with 188 people on board, en route from Jakarta to Depati Amir Airport in Pangkalpinang, crashed into the waters of TanjungKarawang just 13 minutes after takeoff from the Jakartas Soekarno-Hatta Airport at 6:20 a.m. West Indonesia Standard Time.

"We will continue to increase the number of our personnel to be deployed at the crash site where the debris from the ill-fated aircraft was found," KNKT Chief Soerjanto informed the press at the Jakarta National Search and Rescue (Basarnas) Office on Monday.

However, to date, Soerjanto said he was not aware of the exact number of survivors and fatalities in this air accident.

Soerjanto added that the KNKT team dispatched to the crash site had brought along several sophisticated equipment to retrieve the black box from the seabed.

"We will continue to try to locate the black box to find the cause of the Lion Air crash," he remarked, adding that the crashed Lion Air JT610 plane was still new.

Soerjanto said the aircraft had joined Lion Airs fleet in August 2018 and had only 800 hours of flight time.

Source: Antara News

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