A Lion Air passenger plane crashed into the sea near Indonesia on Monday, with 189 people on board. Debris thought to be from the plane was found close to a refinery in the Java Sea. Officials say Lion Air flight JT610 is believed to have sunk after it went down, not long after leaving the capital Jakarta.
They also say the plane requested to return to base before it lost contact 13 minutes after take-off. Family members arrived at your Jakarta's airport Monday, looking for answers, wracked with fear and grief. But officials say they can't confirm the cause until they find the plane's black box, the cockpit recorder that captures voice and flight data.
> We will use a ping finder because the box emits a ping noise at the frequency of 390 kilohertz. There's also a sonar scanner, after that we'll send in divers to find its position.>> According to tracking service Flightradar24, the plane was a Boeing 737 MAX 8.
Lion Air's CEO says the plane had a technical issue in a previous flight, but that it had been resolved. He also declined to say what that might have been. Lion Air says the plane had only been operated by the company since August. It also says the pilots had 11,000 hours of flight time between them.
Lion Air has ten other planes of the same model. It says the others haven't had the same technical issues, and there were no plans to ground the rest of its fleet.