Italy calls for thorough, clear investigation into crash of Indonesian aircraft


JAKARTA, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — The Italian government demanded the Indonesian authorities and the airlines, Lion Air, to carry out a thorough and transparent investigation into the plane crash that killed one of its citizen who boarded on the plane that crashed on Monday.

The demand was expressed by Federico Novellino, head of the political section of the Italian embassy in Jakarta on Tuesday.

“We also demand the Indonesian authorities and Lion Air to provide full assistance for families of the victims,” he said.

An Italian citizen Andrea Manfredi was reported to be among the 189 people onboard the Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Lion Air with flight code JT 610 that crashed during its flight from Indonesia’s international airport Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) to Pangkalpinang’s Depati Amir airport (PGK).

Novellino said that the Italian foreign minister has contacted the family of the 26 year-old professional cyclist related to the plane crash.

The flight that used Boeing 737 Max 8 plane crashed in waters off West Java province’s regency of Karawang at around 06:30 a.m. on Monday (2330 GMT Sunday).

The Indonesian authorities feared that all passengers and crews of the plane were killed as debris of the plane were found severely disintegrated, littered in the surface of the waters.

The authorities predicted that the plane broke into pieces after it hit sea surface at a high speed resulting from its dive from 3,000 feet high.

The Lion Air plane coded PL-LQP, Boeing 737 Max 8, was a brand new variant of Boeing 737 family which made its maiden flight in 2017.

PK-LQP started to serve Lion Air’s domestic routes shortly after its arrival in Indonesia on Aug. 15.


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