The Lion Air JT 610 carried 181 passengers as well as six crew members and two pilots when it disappeared from the radar station after a short flight from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang on Monday morning (SAR)
The plane, a new Boeing 737 MAX 8, launched at 6:21 am local time from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Greater Jakarta, and had to land at around 7:30 am Am in Pangkal Pinan, the largest city on the Indonesian island of Bangka.
The aircraft's captain, Bhavye Suneja, an Indian citizen, had more than 6,000 flight hours and his copilot, called Harvino, more than 5,000, according to a statement released by Lion Air. [1
Debris, life jackets and a cell phone English Two kilometers from the coordinates of the crash site in the water, SAR officials were discovered. English: www.goredsea.com/en_magazine-archiv…december2005. The hull has not been found yet.
At the crash site, some 34 nautical miles northeast of the coast near Jakarta in Java Lake, boats, a helicopter and 250 rescuers, including divers, worked. The frogmen search in the water up to 35 meters deep.
Pictures from the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency have been released, showing officials what plane debris seems to be. The video shows an oil spill at the presumed point of the accident.
Authorities say they are still trying to locate the emergency search transmitter that is not transmitting.
Lion Air's president, Edward Sirait, said the aircraft was "airworthy" and the pilot had carried out all pre-flight inspection procedures. Speaking to reporters at Lion Air's headquarters in Jakarta, Sirait said the pilots had passed the prescribed drug control test.
"Everything is on the table"
Former accident researcher Alan Diehl told CNN that the accident had suddenly happened, departing from the controlled flight. "
" Aviation security investigators will look at four broad categories: mechanics, humans, weather and criminals. It seems that the weather is not a factor, but otherwise everything is on the table.
"If you have an emergency, you must first focus on troubleshooting and solve the problem, so you probably do not have much time to talk to the controllers – the fact that they have had enough time to listen to them saying that they wanted to return is significant.
"The fragmented floating debris suggests there is likely to be no bailout, but they should be able to salvage the black boxes fairly quickly."
Official: Assumption aircraft has sunk
The aircraft  was last seen at 6.200 to 2.500 to 3,000 feet on the radar, said Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of the National Road Safety Committee (NTSC), asking Australian air traffic controllers for help but failing to detect the aircraft
A spokesman for the low-cost airline confirmed to CNN's CNN Indonesia that they had lost contact with the flight shortly after take-off Flight was last recorded in the Thousand Islands Regency, an archipelago north of Jakarta.
Search teams assume that the plane has sunk and equipment should be used to find a submersible] Lion Air acquired the Boeing 737 MAX 8 in August 2018 and had only flown 800 hours, Tjahjono said.
Boeing, the manufacturer of the aircraft, issued a statement stating that the company was "deeply saddened" by the loss of flight JT 610.
"We express our concerns about being on board and speaking to their families Wholehearted sympathies and his loved ones, "said the statement.
The 737 MAX 8 is one of the newest versions of a jet introduced in 1967. More than 10,000 737 were produced making it the best-selling jetliner ever.
The MAX versions of the 737 are being touted for their LEAP engines, which Boeing says will "redefine the future of more efficient and environmentally friendly air travel."
In his statement, Boeing said he was ready to provide technical assistance to the accident researchers, and that any questions about the incident should be addressed to Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC).
Edi Amin in Hong Kong contributed to this report.