Indonesian plane carrying 188 passengers crashes into the sea

Indonesian plane carrying 188 passengers crashes into the sea

Indonesian plane carrying 188 passengers crashes into the sea

A Lion Air flight with 188 aboard crashed into the sea off Indonesia's island of Java on Monday, shortly after take off from the capital Jakarta, Indonesia's search and rescue agency said.

"Lion Air aircraft debris JT 610 falling in the waters of Karachi".

"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.

Head of the search and rescue agency Muhmmad Syaugi said wreckage had been found near where the Lion Air plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground.

It was headed to Pangkal Pinang, the main city in Indonesia's Bangka Belitung Islands.

The plane crashed into Karawang Bay, two nautical miles from where the plane lost contact with aircraft control.

"We can not give any comment at this moment".

"We can not give any comment at this moment". The Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft was carrying 189 people on board, including 3 children and 8 crew members.

Reportedly, the last known coordinates of the flight were 5°49.727 south, 107°07.460 east.

- The Boeing 737 MAX was expected to land in Pangkal Pinang on Monday 7.20am.

Air transport is crucial for connecting the country's tens of thousands of islands, but Indonesia has seen a number of airplane crashes in the past few years, including a Lion Air crash near Bali in 2013.

Lion Air is one of Indonesia's biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and global destinations.

Distressed relatives of passengers on board Lion Air JT610 met at the crisis centre in Jakarta's airport seeking more information about their loved ones.

The flight was operated by PK-LQP, a brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8, delivered to Lion Air in August 2018.

The Indian Embassy in Jakarta tweeted, "Our deepest condolences on the tragic loss of lives in the Lion Air Plane crash, off the coast of Jakarta today".

At the same news conference, a Lion Air official said there were two foreigners on board the plane: its pilot, originally from New Delhi, and an Italian citizen.

Before Monday's crash, the airline had not reported a fatal accident since 2004, when 25 people died after the DC-9 they were on, crashed amid heavy rain at Solo City in central Java.

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