Minutes after takeoff, Lion Air flight crashes into sea, says Indonesia

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Minutes after takeoff, Lion Air flight crashes into sea, says Indonesia The plane lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, according to the official. (Source: Wikimedia/PK-REN/Flickr)

Lion Air passenger flight that went missing after takeoff on Monday, has crashed, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said, reported Reuters. The flight that took off from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea, the agency said. It also added that a tug boat leaving the capital’s port had seen the craft falling. “It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the agency, said by text message, when asked about the fate of the Lion Air plane.

The plane lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, according to the official. The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, according to air tracking service Flightradar 24. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board. “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.”

We’re following reports that contact has been lost with Lion Air flight #JT610 shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.

ADS-B data from the flight is available at https://t.co/zNM33cM0na pic.twitter.com/NIU7iuCcFu

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 29, 2018

The plane was delivered to Lion King by Boeing in August this year. According to the Boeing website, the total passenger carrying capacity of the plane is 210 seats. A news conference would be held later on Monday, Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group told Reuters

The accident is the first to be reported that involves the widely-sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer’s workhorse single-aisle jet. The first Boeing 737 MAX jets were introduced into service in 2017.

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Lion Air is one of Indonesia’s youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations. In 2013, one of its Boeing 737-800 jets missed the runway while landing on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea without causing any fatalities among the 108 people on board.

(With inputs from agencies)

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