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Lion Air tragedy shines light on airline’s dismal safety record

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SHORTLY after takeoff yesterday, Jakarta air traffic controllers announced they had lost contact with Lion Air Flight JT610.

The flight was en route to Pangkalpinang in Bangka Belitung from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten.

Within an hour, reports started trickling in that JT610, which was carrying 189 people on board, had plunged into the waters seven nautical miles (12.96 kilometers) north off the coast Karawang, West Java.

Flight data from real-time flight tracker Flightradar24 showed it made a sudden, sharp dive into the sea.

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The search and rescue mission was immediately rolled out, with Indonesian president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo calling for non-stop efforts, 24 hours per day.

More than a hundred National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (Basarnas) personnel have been deployed to retrieve debris, personal items, and human remains from the crash site.

We have processed the granular ADS-B data received from #JT610. Last signal was received at 23:31:56.030 UTC from -5.81346, 107.12698 at 425 ft AMSL. Final ADS-B data received from the aircraft indicates a high rate of descent.

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© Asian Correspondent