First VIDEO of Wreckage From Deadly Boeing 737 Plane Disaster Emerges

First VIDEO of Wreckage From Deadly Boeing 737 Plane Disaster Emerges

And relatives of passengers on-board the plane have gone to Soekarno Hatta International airport, near Jakarta, to wait for more information on their loved ones. Reports also say officials from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) and the Bangka-Belitung legislative Council were also on board. According to reports, the Pangkal Pinang-bound plane was captained by Bhavye Suneja, who hails from Mayur Vihar in New Delhi.

Syaugi said the search and rescue teams had come from Jakarta, Bandung and Lampung and were headed to Tanjung Karawang, where the plane is believed to have gone down.

The flight then disappeared from the radar shortly after. A rescue and search operation is underway, officials said. Items such as handphones and life vests were found, along with the body parts.

"We hope, we pray, but we can not confirm", He said, adding that no distress signal had been heard from the plane's emergency transmitter.

In 2013, one of its Boeing 737-800 jets missed the runway while landing in Bali, crashing into the sea, but all 108 people on board survived, according to the AP. Lion Air in a statement said Suneja had 6,000 flight hours.

Earlier, Lion Air said it has lost contact with a passenger jet flying from Jakarta to an island off Sumatra. Experts will be seeking to recover the plane's black boxes: the cockpit voice recorder and data flight recorder.

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Things took a turn for the worse, however as it lost control within a few seconds, having barely cleared the roof of the stands. He told BBC Radio 5 live: "Literally the engine stopped and I turned around, and it made a bit of a whirring noise".

Under worldwide rules, the US National Transportation Safety Board will assist with the investigation, backed up by technical advisers from Boeing and US-French engine maker CFM global, co-owned by General Electric and Safran.

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

In 2007, Lion Air was banned from flying in the European Union, along with all other Indonesian airlines, over a series of deadly accidents that followed a period of industry deregulation in the 1990's. The aircraft was carrying 178 adults, 3 children and 7 crew members, according to local officials.

As per his Linkedin profile, Suneja got his pilot license from Bel Air International in 2009 and worked as a trainee with Emirates before joining Lion Air in March 2011 where he flied the Boeing 737. This year it was one of three Indonesian airlines whose safety record was upgraded to the highest level, as the country passed an global audit.

Air travel has boomed as a growing middle class increasingly takes to the skies to travel across the country's wide archipelago of islands.

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