Rescuers expect no survivors from Lion Air crash (Updated)

Indonesian rescuer workers next to a body at Tanjung Priok port believed to have been from the ill-fated Lion Air plane. -- Photo from Basarnas/Reuters

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JAKARTA — Oct. 29, 2018: An Indonesian search and rescue agency official estimated there would be no survivors from the Lion Air plane that crashed into the sea north of Java Island this morning.

“We need to find the main wreckage,” Bambang Suryo, operational director of the agency, told reporters. “I predict
there are no survivors, based on body parts found so far.”

The plane, with 189 people on board, lost contact 13 minutes after take-off from here. Later in the day rescuers retrieved body parts.

The pilot of the plane, which was carrying 189 people, had requested to return to base before it lost contact.

Rescue workers are trying to find the main body of the plane after finding debris and aircraft parts floating on the surface of the Java Sea. — Reuters




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