On October 20, 2018, a Lion Air flight JT610 crashed in the Java sea killing all 189 people on board. The flight was en-route to Pangkalpinang, a city in the Bangka Belitung Islands, when it crashed. The flight crashed near Kerawang just 13 minutes after take off from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport. The aircraft was commanded by Delhi based Indian pilot Captain Suneja and co-pilot Harvino with six cabin crew members. The 31-year-old captain had 6,000 flight hours and the co-pilot more than 5,000 flight hours, a statement by the Indian embassy said.
Investigators and experts are still not 100 per cent conclusive about why Lion Air Flight JT610 fell into the Java Sea killing 189 people. However, the country's transportation watchdog in a statement had said that a failure of a new flight-control system may have led to the fatal crash. Initial findings suggested that an inaccuracy in airspeed readings had been recorded in the fatal aircraft's three previous journeys.
In the file photo, family members of the victims of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 grieve as they visit the site of the crash in the Java Sea on an Indonesian Navy vessel off the coast of Karawang in West Java.
Indonesia's Lion Air Flight JT610 was on its way to Pangkalpinang, a popular tourist destination which was a little more than an hour away lost contact at about 6:33 a.m., 13 minutes after it took-off. A little later, authorities of the Lion Air airlines confirmed that the plane crashed about 15 miles from Jakarta's airport.
In the file photo, the search for the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 continues in the Java Sea off the coast of Karawang in West Java, Indonesia.
Indonesian Transport Ministry said that the crew had requested a return-to-base before disappearing from the radar. According to Lion Air, the flight carried 178 adults, 1 child and 2 infants. The plane also had 3 crew under training and 1 technician.
In the file photo, Merdiana Harahap (R) is consoled for the loss of her husband, a passenger on board the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610, in Medan, North Sumatra province, Indonesia.
On October 29, 2018, the search and rescue agency of the Lion Air flight said that all the 189 passengers and crew aboard Indonesian Lion Air jet were "likely" killed in the accident
In the file photo, rescue personnel searching the waters for wreckage from Lion Air flight JT 610 which crashed into the sea off the northern coast of Indonesia's Java island.
The Lion Air flight JT 610 that crashed was a brand new 737 Max 8, a fourth generation aircraft from the Boeing 737 family. The crashed aircraft was delivered to Lion Air in August.
In the file photo, a rescue personnel displays a piece of wreckage from Lion Air flight JT 610 which crashed into the sea off the northern coast of Indonesia's Java island.
After days of search operations with 100 divers spread over five zones at a depth of between 30 and 35 metres in waters near Cape Karawang, debris from the aircraft remains of the passengers and belongings were recovered
In the file photo, a rescue team member points to the location where the Indonesian air plane Lion Air flight JT 610 had crashed into the sea, at Tanjung Priok seaport in Jakarta.
In Picture: Recovered debris from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 is laid out before the arrival of Indonesia's President Joko Widodo. On October 30, 2018, the Indonesian search and rescue team recovered more remains from the site of the crashed Lion Air jet.
In the file photo, members of a rescue team line up body bags at the port in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, on October 29, 2018, after they were recovered from the sea where the Lion Air flight JT 610 crashed off.
On October 31, 2018, the airline Lion Air in a statement said that it has fired its technical director. The airline gave no reason for the personnel change but said in a news release that the step was taken at "the instruction and the decision of the (Indonesian) Transportation Ministry".
In the file photo, a rescue personnel transfers a bag containing human remains which were recovered from the site of the Lion Air crash into an ambulance at the port in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta.
The search operation for the debris of Lion Air flight was carried by Indonesia's National Search And Rescue Agency of Indonesia (BASARNAS).
In the file photo, members of the Indonesian rescue team show members of the media the wreckage retrieved from the crash site of Lion Air crash.
On November 1, 2018, the search and rescue team managed to recover the main wreckage of the Lion Air plane, including a flight data recorder. An official also said that a "low ping signal" was detected by a sonar locator that could be the missing black box voice recorder.
In the file photo, Kezia, a sister of Hizkia Jorry Saroinsong, a passenger who was on board the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610, carries her brother's portrait during his funeral in Jakarta.
On November 2, 2018, Indonesian navy divers managed to recover the wheels of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610, from the sea, north of Karawang. Seats, wheels and other parts of a crashed Indonesian Lion Air jet were also recovered by the search and rescue team from the depths of the Java Sea.
On November 5, 2018, members of the search and rescue team recovered a part of the landing gear of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 during a search operation at sea off the coast from Karawang.
According to an official, an Indonesian diver Syachrul Anto died during the search operations of the ill-fated Lion Air plane which crashed into the sea killing 189 people.
In the file photo, Lyan Kurniawati, the widow of rescue team member Syachrul Anto, shows the photo of her deceased husband who died during his efforts to search for the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 crashed killing 189 passengers on board.
The Lion Air jet crash is believed to be Indonesia's deadliest aviation accident since 1997. Though Indonesia is considered one of the world's fastest-growing aviation markets its flying safety record has been in question
In the file photo, investigators examine engine parts of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 at a port in Jakarta on November 7, 2018, after the rescue team managed to recover it from the bottom of the Java Sea, Indonesia.
An Indonesian woman, Intan Syari, was engaged to a man who died in the Lion Air flight crash on October 29, 2018. Intan Syari's fiance, Rio Nanda Pratama who is a doctor by profession. On November 15, Intan worn her wedding dress on the day the couple were set to be married. Syari's fiance Pratama, who had attended a seminar in Jakarta, was on his way back to their hometown in Pangkal Pinang for the wedding. Syari said that before leaving Pratama had joked that if he was late in returning, Syari should take photos in her wedding gown and send them to him.
"He asked me to still wear the wedding gown that he chose for me on our wedding day, put on beautiful makeup and hold a white rose bouquet, take good photos and send them to him." Syari was quoted.
"Although I actually feel grief that I cannot describe, I have to smile for you," Syari wrote on Instagram. "I should not be sad, I have to stay strong as you always say to me, I love you, Rio Nanda Pratama."
On October 20, 2018, Indonesian flight Lion Air plane JT610 crashed into the sea off Jakarta, killing all 189 on board. Authorities and experts are still looking for answers as investigations are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the crash of the Boeing aircraft. Here's what we know so far about the Lion Air plane crash so far
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