189 feared dead in Indonesian plane crash hinh anh 1A Lion Air jet (Photo: Airline Ratings)

Hanoi (VNA) – Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said on October 29 that there would be no survivors from the Lion Air plane that crashed into the sea earlier the day.

Indonesian search and rescue official Bambang Suryo Aji told the press that he was not expecting anyone to have survived, adding that some human remains had already been recovered.

In an official statement, the rescue agency said the reason for the crash was still uncertain. Recovery efforts are still underway.

The passenger jet run by low-cost carrier Lion Air, carrying 189 people onboard, lost contact with the air traffic control just 13 minutes after takeoff. The jet, a Boeing 737 Max 8, was en route from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang in Bangka Belitung province off Sumatra island.

Lion Air, which was founded in 1999, is the biggest private airline in Indonesia, dominating more than 40 percent of the market. –VNA