First VIDEO of Wreckage From Deadly Boeing 737 Plane Disaster Emerges

First VIDEO of Wreckage From Deadly Boeing 737 Plane Disaster Emerges

A Lion Air commercial plane lands at the Mutiara Sis Al Jufri airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 7, 2018. Yohanes Sirait, a spokesman for the country's air navigation authorities, told Reuters that air traffic control approved the request but then lost contact with the plane nearly immediately. It is unclear if there are survivors. The aircraft, a Boeing-737 Max 8, has the capacity to carry 210 passengers.

The search and rescue agency said the flight ended in waters off West Java that are 30 to 35 metres deep.

A search and rescue mission is ongoing, the transport ministry of Indonesia says wreckage and debris has already been found by rescuers.

Distressed relatives of passengers on board Lion Air JT610 met at the crisis centre in Jakarta's airport seeking more information about their loved ones.

The Boeing 737-800 plane departed Jakarta, about 6.20 a.m. for Pangkal Pinang on an island chain off Sumatra.

Indonesian TV broadcast pictures of a fuel slick and debris field.

This is the flight path Lion Air JT610 was taking before it disappeared off radar en route from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang.

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Three of those on board were trainee flight attendants and one was a technician.

Privately owned budget carrier Lion Air was founded in 1999 and its only fatal accident to date was when a MD-82 crashed upon landing at Solo City in 2004, killing 25 of the 163 people on board, according to the Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network. They routinely took this flight.

"A few flakes of Lion Air plane that crashed in waters of Karachi", he wrote in the first tweet, accompanying the photos.

A Lion Air passenger jet takes off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia.

"It has been confirmed that it has crashed", Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Agency, said by text message.

"My prediction is that nobody survived because the victims that we found, their bodies were no longer intact and it's been hours so it is likely 189 people have died", agency operational director Bambang Suryo Aji told reporters. The aircraft was on the way from Indonesian capital Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang.

Lion Air is Indonesia's largest low-priced carrier, operating flights domestically as well as a number of global routes in South East Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

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