Indonesian jet crash: All 189 aboard plane 'likely' dead, say search and rescue officials

The  Lion Air plane that crashed into the sea on Monday had a technical issue that required the Boeing jet to be briefly grounded for repairs, the carrier's CEO said.

Published: 29th October 2018 05:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th October 2018 05:33 PM   |  A+A-

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Members of a rescue team prepare to search for survivors from the Lion Air plane crash near Jakarta on 29 October 2018. (Photo | AFP)

By AFP

All 189 passenger and crew aboard a crashed Indonesian jet were "likely" killed in the accident, Indonesia's search and rescue agency said Monday, as it announced it had found human remains.

"My prediction is that nobody survived because the victims that we found, their bodies were no longer intact and it's been hours so it is likely 189 people have died," agency operational director Bambang Suryo Aji told reporters.

Body parts were found after Indonesian jet crashed said the search and rescue agency.

Jet had a technical issue: CEO

A brand new Indonesian Lion Air plane that crashed into the sea on Monday had a technical issue that required the Boeing jet to be briefly grounded for repairs, the carrier's CEO said.

"It got repaired in Denpasar (in Bali) and then it was flown to Jakarta," Edward Sirait told AFP, without specifying the nature of the problem.

"Engineers in Jakarta received notes and did another repair before it took off" on Monday. "That's the normal procedure for any plane."

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