All 189 people on board the ill-fated Indonesian Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane, which crashed in the sea on Monday, have “likely” died, search and rescue officials announced.

“I predict there are no survivors, based on body parts found so far,” the chief of the nation’s search and rescue agency, Bambang Suryo, said.

The official stated that the operation to locate and recover the wreckage continues.

READ MORE: 189 feared dead in 1st ever Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash in Indonesia

The packed Lion Air flight JT610 lost contact with ground control 13 minutes after takeoff in Jakarta. Debris from the aircraft as well as passengers’ personal belongings were located floating in the Java Sea, as a massive rescue team was deployed to the crash site



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