Monday, October 29, 2018

Australians are urged not to fly with Lion Air after one of the airline's jets crashes north of Indonesia with 188 people on board

Australian officials have been told not to fly on Lion Air after one of the airline's jets crashed into the sea north of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, shortly after take-off on Monday morning - carrying 188 people.

Photos later began to emerge showing debris and personal belongings picked up from the water’s surface by ships that reached the crash area.

Lion Air's flight JT-610 was heading to Pangkal Pinang, an island north of Indonesia's capital when it lost contact with air control about 6.33am local time (10.33am AEDT, 11.33pm BST) - just 13 minutes after take-off.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has now announced officials and contractors had been instructed not to fly with the low-cost airline until further notice.
In a statement released on Monday afternoon, the DFAT said they would review the decision when the findings of the crash investigation are clear.

Officials were also told to be cautious when travelling to Indonesia generally, but particularly in Central Sulawesi and Papua provinces.

The advice came from Smarttraveller - a service provided by the DFAT.

The warning came just hours after Flight JT-610'S pilot Bhavye Suneja asked to return to the airport after he reported technical difficulties on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane.

Traffic control allowed the return, but the aircraft vanished from the radar shortly after. Authorities are not sure why the plane crashed, as the weather was sunny, the aircraft was new and the pilots were experienced.
29/10/18 Mail Online
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