PH CONDOLES WITH INDONESIA OVER PASSENGER PLAN CRASH
MANILA -- The Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), on Monday offered its sympathies and prayers to Indonesia after a Lion Air 737 aircraft with 189 passengers and crew members on board crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta.
In a statement, the agency reported that no Filipino was on board the ill-fated aircraft that was bound for Pangkal Pinang in the Bangka Belitung Islands, 814 kilometers north of the Indonesian capital.
Ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hiong Wee said the Philippine embassy was in touch with the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as soon as the crash was reported.
The envoy was later informed that there was no Filipino on the flight manifest.
According to reports, Lion Air flight JT 610 was carrying 181 passengers, and six crew members, including two pilots. Of the fatalities, one is a child while two others are infants. (PNA)
189 DEAD ON BOARD LION AIR FLIGHT JT 610
PANGKALPINANG, Bangka Belitung — A Lion Air plane with flight number JT610 and 189 people on board, crashed in Tanjung Kerawang waters, West Java Province, after flying for 13 minutes from Jakarta toward Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung Province, on Monday morning.
"It has been confirmed that the plane crashed in Tanjung Kerawang waters," Erzaldi Rosman Djohan, Bangka Belitung Governor, told the press here Monday.
The airplane departed from Jakarta at 6:20 a.m. local time and was scheduled to arrive in Pangkalpinang at 7:05 a.m. local time, according to the Depati Amir Airport authority in Pangkalpinang.
Before it lost contact, the airplane had asked for a permission to return to Jakarta due to a problem.
The airplane carried 178 adult passengers, three infants, and six crew members, and two pilots.
The Indonesian authorities have set up an emergency command post at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng to deal with the accident. (Antara)