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Lion Air crash: Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off

Lion Air crash: Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off

[October 29 2018]

A Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane has come down after taking off from Jakarta, say Indonesian officials.

Flight JT-610 was on a scheduled flight from the Indonesian capital to Pangkal Pinang, the main city in the Bangka Belitung Islands.

It lost contact with ground control a few minutes after take-off, as it was crossing the sea.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the plane, believed to be a Boeing 737.

Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the national search and rescue agency told reporters: "It has been confirmed that it has crashed."

Lion Air is a budget airline based in Indonesia. An airline official earlier told the BBC they did not yet know what had happened to the plane.

Chief executive Edward Sirait told Reuters: "We cannot give any comment at this moment. We are trying to collect all the information and data."

Flight JT-610 took off from Jakarta at 06:20 local time on Monday morning (23:30 GMT on Sunday). After a short flight, it was due to arrive in Pangkal Pinang an hour later.

The aircraft was reported to be a Boeing 737 MAX 8, a model only in use since 2016.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago, is heavily reliant on air travel, but many of its airlines have a poor safety record.

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Courtesy: BBC

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46014463

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