Deadly Lion Air airplane crashes just minutes after takeoff

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Investigators examine engine parts from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 on Nov. 7, 2018, at a port in Jakarta. The parts from the Boeing 737 were recovered from the bottom of the Java sea.

On the morning of Oct. 29, Lion Air flight 610 plummeted into the Java Sea just 13

minutes after takeoff from Soekarno Hatta Intl. Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The two-month-old Boeing 737 MAX was set to take off at 6:20 a.m. and scheduled to fly

from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang; both cities located in Indonesia.

Approximately 13 minutes after takeoff the doomed aircraft crashed in the Java Sea, killing all 189 passengers and crew. Of those on board were two infants, 10 state officials and 38 civil servants, including 20 finance ministry officials.

After levelling off at 5,000 feet, the crew noticed the plane had a technical issue and

informed Air Traffic Control that they needed to return to the airport before crashing into the

ocean.

Search and rescue teams were dispatched shortly after the flight disappeared from radar

screens. Floating debris and around 49 bodies were recovered from the wreck.

“We found a malfunction in an air speed indicator instrument in the last four flights, including the crash flight. We ask NTSB and Boeing to work on this to prevent same accident happening in the future,” Capt. Nurcahyo Utomo of the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) told CNN.

Utomo reported there were two airspeed indicators in the cockpit. One of the indicators belonged to the pilot in command and the other belonged to the co-pilot. Both pilots technically had the ability to react to the airspeed indicator malfunction.

Boeing, the manufacturer of the 737 MAX 8, and US aviation investigators at the NTSB are still investigating the path of the flight with Indonesian experts to find the flight data recorder in the ocean.