Lion Air crash: Tugboat crew in Karawang 'see debris of plane'

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  • Monday, 29 Oct 2018

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (Basarnas) received a report on Monday morning that air traffic control had lost contact with a Lion Air flight from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang in Bangka Belitung.

A vessel traffic service officer in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, Suyadi, told The Jakarta Post that at 6.45am he received a report from a tugboat, AS Jaya II, that the crew had seen a downed plane, suspected to be a Lion Air plane, in Tanjung Bungin in Karawang, West Java.

"At 7.15am the tugboat reported it had approached the site and the crew saw the debris of a plane," Suyadi said. As of 9am there was no report about passengers or the plane crew, he said.

Two other ships, a tanker and a cargo ship, near the location were approaching the site, he said, and a Basarnas rescue boat was also on the way.

Information gathered by the Post said that the plane, Lion Air 610, took off from Jakarta at 6.20am and contact was lost at 6.33am. – The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

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