A Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed during take-off last October 29, 2018. Officials concluded that all 189 people on board which includes 181 passengers, 6 cabin crew, and 2 pilots are dead. Flight JT610 was a domesic flight from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia to Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia. It went down in the Java Sea after climbing to an altitude of 5,000ft.
The aircraft involved, a Boeing 737 Max 8, was only delivered last August 13, 2018 brand new to the airline. Before it crashed, it logged about 800 flying hours. This is also the first accident involving a Boeing 737 Max series, a new generation of Boeing 737s now being produced which are powered by CFM International LEAP engines. This new Boeing 737 Max series just went into service last May 2017.
The chief executive officer of Lion Air, Edward Sirait, said the same aircraft had reported a “technical issue” on Sunday night, but had been cleared to fly on Monday. He said he would not ground the nine other MAX 8 aircraft in Lion Air’s fleet.
Some witnesses have said they saw the aircraft crash at about 6:45am. Debris were found at 7:15am.
As of this time, search and recovery is still ongoing.
Our hearts and prayers goes to the 181 passengers, 6 cabin crew, and 2 pilots of Lion Air flight 610.