A passenger plane believed to be carrying 188 people has crashed into the sea off Jakarta, minutes after take-off, early this Monday morning.
Air tracking service Flightradar 24 says the flight JT610 a Boeing 737 MAX 8, capable of carrying up to 200 passengers, and operated by Lion Air, lost contact with the ground control, 13 minutes after take-off.
We’re following reports that contact has been lost with Lion Air flight #JT610 shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 29, 2018
“It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the country’s search and rescue agency, said on Monday by text message, when asked about the fate of the plane which departed Jakarta about 6.20 a.m. on Monday and was scheduled to land at Pangkal Pinang at 7.20 a.m.
A search and rescue effort has been launched for the plane and initial reports received at Tanjung Priok port in North Jakarta indicated the remains of the plane had been spotted.
Indonesia’s disaster agency spokesman has also posted a video of some debris on Twitter. A vessel traffic officer, Suyadi, told the Jakarta Post that he received a report from a tugboat that identified a downed plane at 6.45 a.m. “At 7:15 a.m., the tugboat reported it had approached the site and the crew saw the debris of a plane,” Suyadi told the Post.
In 2013, A Lion Air aircraft carrying 101 passengers was forced to make an emergency landing on the ocean after it overshot the runway at Ngurah Rai Airport on Saturday afternoon.
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