New Information Emerging About Crashed Indonesian Plane

November 13, 2018

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – November 2, 2018 - According to an online news report from, new information is emerging about the condition of the Indonesian airliner that crashed into the Java Sea October 29. The head of the Bali-Nusa Tenggara Airport Authority says the plane had been experiencing issues during a flight the day before.*

Lion Air Flight JT610 was bound for Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, and departed from Jakarta at 6:20 a.m. local time. Not long after takeoff, the flight crew on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane asked for permission to return to the airport. Permission was granted, but before the plane could return, it crashed into the Java Sea. Flight-tracking data shows the plane experienced abnormal drops in altitude and speed a few minutes after takeoff.

One child, two infants, and 174 adult passengers were aboard the plane, as well as six aircraft crew, three crew members in training, one technician, and two pilots. All 189 people are presumed dead. 

It is not yet clear what caused the crash, but new information from the Bali-Nusa Tenggara Airport Authority indicates the plane had been experiencing issues during a flight the day before. On October 28, the 737 MAX 8 was bound for Jakarta from Bali, and not long after takeoff, the pilot requested to return to the airport. A short time later, the pilot said the issues on the plane had resolved, and the plane did not need to return. 

Passengers interviewed after the plane landed in Jakarta said the aircraft had experienced several sharp drops in altitude after takeoff. These accounts have been confirmed by flight-tracking data and by the pilot. 

Divers recently recovered the crashed plane’s “black box,” and officials are currently working to extract its recorded data, a process that has been constrained because of damage from the crash and sea water. Crews have also recovered human remains. So far, only one victim has been identified and delivered to family members. 

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