JAKARTA – The Indonesian authorities have mounted a search and rescue operation for a Lion Air plane which has crashed into sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta on Monday (Oct 29) morning.
The Lion Air flight JT-610 took off from the Jakarta airport at 6.20am local time and lost contact with air traffic controllers at 6.33am. The Boeing 737 was orginally scheduled to arrive at Pangkal Pinang at 7.20am.
“It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, said when asked about the fate of the Lion Air plane.
Indonesia plane crash: Lion Air aircraft plunges into the sea with 189 people on board
The Lion Air flight JT610 requested to return to base before the disaster
A plane with at least 189 people on board has crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia shortly after takeoff, officials confirmed.
Lion Air flight JT610 requested to return to base before it lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff on Monday from the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 is believed to have sunk after crashing into the sea off Indonesia’s island of Java – leaving no survivors, according to Chinese TV network CGTN.
Among the passengers was one child and two babies.
Belongings, including phones and ID cards have been found floating in the water by rescuers.
A tug boat leaving the capital’s port saw the aircraft falling, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said.
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