Mon. May 20th, 2019

Lion Air Flight JT-610 PK-LQP Disaster

Lion Air JT610 victims evacuation by Basarnas. Photo by Lion Air.

Lion Air JT610 victims evacuation by Basarnas. Photo by Lion Air.

Despite of the Indonesian SAR regulations that limited the search and rescue operation to 7 days maximum, the search and evacuation operation of Lion Air flight JT-610 PK-LQP still continue. The flight JT-610 reported had lost contact en-route Jakarta (CGK)-Pangkal Pinang (PGK) before finally confirmed to have crashed on Monday (Oct. 29).

The plane lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff from Jakarta at around 6.20am. It was due to have landed in Pangkal pinang, on the island of Bangka, at 7.20am, the Flightradar24 website showed. PK-LQP last spot on radar at coordinates 05 46.15 S – 107 07.16 E. Before lost contact and dissappear from radar, it had requested to return to base (RTB).

Through a telegram numbered 2061 / SAR / 1018 from the National Search and Rescue Agency to the Air Force that Monday morning, efforts were made to deploy helicopters from the Atang Sandjaja Airbase for the aircraft’s search mission. Meanwhile the news circulated that at 07.10am, SAR Office (KANSAR) received information from Tanjung Priok VTS at 07.05am AS Jaya II Tug Boat South Kalimantan – Marunda route had seen the Lion Air JT-610 crashing. The position of the Tug Boat is at coordinates 05º 49.727 S – 107º 07.460 E (heading 40º Northeast).

“Information has been received from Tanjung Priok VTS on behalf of Mr. Suyadi, tug boat AS JAYA II (route: South Kalimantan – Marunda) seeing Lion Air planes allegedly falling around Tanjung Karawang,” said Acting Director General of Air Transportation Pramintohadi Soekarno. Finally it was confirmed, the crash location is at Tanjung Karawang waters.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 PK-LQP carried 189 passengers and crew. consisting of178 adult passengers, 1 children, and 2 babies, with 5 cabin crew and PIC Capt. Bhavve Suneja and SIC Harvino. All passengers and crew aboard presumed killed in the accident.

Since it crashed, rescuers have begun retrieving human body parts as well as debris from the wreckage. The Directorate General of Air Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation is coordinating with BASARNAS, Lion Air, Directorate General of Sea Transportation and Perum LPPNPI to conduct search and rescue mission on JT-610 PK-LQP. About the same time, Crisis Center has been set at Terminal 1 B Soekarno Hatta International Airport and Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang to assist the family of the JT-610 victims.

Identified victims

Lion Air handed over the bodies of three passengers of the Lion Air PK-LQP aircraft who had been identified to the family at the Police Hospital, Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, Friday (11/02/2018). Photo: Lion Air.
Lion Air handed over the bodies of three passengers of the Lion Air PK-LQP aircraft who had been identified to the family at the Police Hospital, Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, Friday (11/02/2018). Photo: Lion Air.

Acting (Acting) Director General of Civil Aviation (Dirjen Hubud), M. Pramintohadi Sukarno commissioned a duo of dentists of the Aviation Health Center (Hatpen) of the Directorate General of Transportation to assist in the identification of victims’ bodies B737 MAX 8 PK-LQP at Bhayangkara Tk.I Hospital R. Said Sukanto (Polri Hospital), Kramat Jati, East Jakarta.

This was carried out after he coordinated with the Medical and Health Center for Disaster Victim Identification of the Republic of Indonesia Police (DVI Polri). “We have coordinated with the Indonesian National Police DVI and instructed the Head of Aviation Health Center to send dentists to help identify victims of JT 610,” Pramintohadi said, Thursday (1 Nov.).

Aviation Health Center has primary data in the form of dental examination data from pilots, copilots and cabin crew of PK-LQP aircraft with flight number JT 610 which crashed in Tanjung Pakis waters, Karawang, West Java, on Monday (29 Oct.).

It is hoped that both Balai Hatpen dentists, Monica Shinta and Meta Yunia can help simplify the identification process. Both have contributed since October 31, at the Indonesian Police Hospital. They helped with the work of the DVI team at Ante Mortem’s post to identify all the bodies that had been found and taken there. “I hope the presence of our team can help accelerate the handling of victim identification so that the family can immediately bring the body of their family to be buried,” said Pramintohadi.

After days of process in collecting and analyze the victims’ body parts, The Indonesian Police`s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team had managed to identify 27 out of the 189 victims aboard the plane as of Tuesday (6 Nov.). One of the identified victim was the flight attendant.

Black box Found
After a massive search, the black box Lion Air PK-LQP aircraft flight number JT-610 which crashed in Karawang, West Java, was found and lifted from the seabed on Thursday (1/11/2018).

The black box was then raised and carried by the Baruna Jaya I Research Ship belonging to the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT). From the Kompas TV report, a black box was found around 10.00am by Sertu Hendra, a member of the diving team of the Navy’s Underwater Rescue Service (Dislambair), at a depth of about 30 meters below sea level.

Black box found in the dive in the ping locator black box signal coordinates detected.
“We follow the tool. We reduce the area, then at the place where the equipment causes sensitive noise we dig again and it turns out we get black boxes,” explained Hendra, Thursday (1/11/2018).

Earlier, on Wednesday (10/31/2018) night the Head of the National Search and Relief Agency (Basarnas) Marshal TNI Muhammad Syaugi said that the joint search and rescue team had managed to detect signals from the furious aircraft’s ping locator black box. The signal was found by the Baruna Jaya I. Research Ship. The signal distance was around 400 meters from the coordinate point of Lion Air PK-LQP which had lost communication. The location of the signal is at coordinates S 05 48 48 .051 – E 107 07 37 .622 and at the coordinates S 05 48 46,545 – E 107 07 38,393.

737 MAX 8 Lion’s New aircraft
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 is the new fleet of Lion Air Group. According to Acting Director General of Air Transportation Pramintohadi Soekarno, the unfortunate aircraft has Certificate of registration issued 15/08/2018 expired 14/08/2021. Certificate of air worthiness issued 15/08/2018 expired 14/08/2019.With 800 flight hours and has only been in operation for less than three month, PK-LQP is considered as a new aircraft.

Aircraft and JT610 crew details:

Registration: PK LQP
Type of aircraft: Boeing 738 MAX
Flight number: JT610 CGK – PGK
Departure time: 06:10LT
Actual departure time:06:10LT
ETA: 07:20LT
Number of passengers : 178/01/02
Plan to park at PGK; A04
SIC: 52116928/HARVINO (MX)