But at 2.40pm - just four minutes after takeoff - the Boeing B737-500 plane plunged nearly 11,000 feet in less than 60 seconds to an altitude of just 250 feet, with witnesses claiming they heard two explosions. The nearly 27-year-old Boeing 737-500 was much older than Boeing's problem-plagued 737 MAX model, one of which crashed off Jakarta in late 2018, killing all … The comments below have not been moderated. A command centre was set up in Tanjung Pakis, Karawang to oversee the salvage effort. [14], The aircraft took off from Jakarta on 29 October 2018 at 6:20 a.m. local time (28 October 2018, 11:20 p.m. UTC) and was scheduled to arrive at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang at 7:20 a.m.[15] It took off in a westward direction before circling around to a northeast heading, which it held until crashing offshore northeast of Jakarta in waters estimated to be up to 115 ft (35 m) deep. The accident was investigated by the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), which published its final report in October 2019. Just minutes after takeoff, the aircraft abruptly dived. Approximately 850 personnel from the National Search and Rescue Agency, National Armed Forces and volunteers participated in the operation. An engineering team from the NTSB and a Boeing technician arrived in Indonesia to assist with the Lion Air accident investigation on October 31, 2018, two days after the Singaporean team. [105][1][106], The Lion Air aircraft flight recorders were retrieved with assistance from Singapore's Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB), which sent on October 29, 2018, three specialists and an underwater locator beacon detector to help recover the devices. Both crashed jets were Boeing 737 Max 8s, a variant of the best-selling aircraft in history. Boeing doesn't have any privilege under international aviation standards or National Transportation Safety Board regulations to withhold information on … Pictured: Indonesian Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) officers unload a bodybag, The missing plane is an older model than the Boeing 737 MAX jet involved in two earlier fatal crashes - including the Indonesian Lion Air crash in 2018 which killed 189. Personnel from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and engine manufacturer GE Aviation were also sent to Indonesia. [52], Minister of Health Nila F Moeloek[53] and Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi visited the relatives of the victims. [137] The runaway stabilizer non-normal checklist was run, the electric stabilizer trim was turned off, and the flight continued with manual trim; the issues were reported after landing. A Boeing 737 MAX 7 taxis at Boeing Field, on March 16, 2018 in Seattle, Washington, after making its first flight. [77], On the same day, authorities widened the search area from 19 to 28 km (10 to 15 nmi). [137] Erroneous airspeed indications were still present on the subsequent flight on 28 October, which experienced automatic nose down trim. [51] Posthumous awards would be given to the 20 victims and scholarships would be given to the victims' children. The plane went missing over the ocean and is believed to have crashed, Relatives of Sriwijaya Air plane passengers arrive at the crisis center in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to wait for news of their loved ones, Television footage showed relatives and friends of people aboard the plane weeping, praying and hugging each other as they waited at both Jakarta's airport and Pontianak's airport, Terrified loved ones of the 62 people feared to be dead after a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 plane went missing arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to wait for news, Relatives of the missing passengers and crew waited for news in Supadio Airport in Pontianak - where the flight was meant to arrive. It is the deadliest accident in Lion Air's 18-year history, surpassing the 2004 crash in Surakarta that killed 25, and the second deadliest aircraft accident in Indonesia behind Garuda Indonesia Flight 152. [130] The NTSC also stated that the engines of Flight 610 were still running when it crashed into the sea,[131] indicated by the high RPM. The search area was widened to 280 km (150 nmi),[clarification needed][71] reaching as far as Indramayu to the east. [85][86] Despite the damage, investigators were able to recover data from the aircraft's most recent 19 flights spanning 69 hours, and planned to begin analysis on 5 November. On 30 October, more than 90 relatives were flown to Jakarta for the identification of the victims. 3. The Boeing MCAS system was found to be ineffective in its function and the way it was implemented. Visibility was good with no cumulonimbus clouds. [2](p240) The cockpit voice recorder (CVR), however, was reported as not yet found. [121] Subsequently, the National Transportation Safety Committee confirmed the presence of an off-duty Boeing 737 MAX 8 qualified pilot in the cockpit but did not confirm the role of the pilot in fixing the problem, and denied that there was any recording of the previous flight in the CVR of Lion Air Flight 610. ... crashed on October 29, 2018 … [90], A volunteer rescue diver died during the search, on the afternoon of 2 November. [152], On 25 October 2019, after the release of the Final Report by NTSC, FAA revoked the repair certification of Florida-based Xtra Aerospace LLC, which fixed an AOA sensor suspected of contributing to the crash. [16][17] The flight crew had requested clearance to return to the Jakarta airport 35 km (19 nmi) into the flight. 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