Indonesia plane crash: flight JT610 plunges into waters after Jakarta take-off

Flight JT-610 from Jakarta to Sumatra crashes into the sea / file photo from CBS News

A Lion Air passenger plane has crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta on Monday, October 29, according to a report from Channel News Asia.

The aircraft was Boeing 737 MAX 8, carrying a total of 189 people – including two infants, one child and eight crew members, says Indonesia’s search and rescue agency.

The plane has reportedly lost contact 13 minutes after its takeoff, spokesman Yusuf Latif told Reuters, and added that a tug boat leaving the capital's port had seen the aircraft falling.

Flight JT610 took off around 6.20am (Indonesia time) and was supposed to land in the capital of the Bangka-Belitung tin mining hub at 7.20am, the tracking service showed.

Search and rescue is reportedly on its way to the crash site. Further, the Associated Press reported that a telegram from the National Search and Rescue Agency to the air force has requested assistance with the search of a location at sea off Java.

"We cannot give any comment at this moment," said Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group

"We are trying to collect all the information and data." He added

Indonesia heavily relies on air transport to connect its thousands of islands but has a record in poor aviation safety and has suffered several fatal crashes in recent years.

Source: channelnewsasia

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