Passenger jet with 188 on board crashes into sea off Indonesia coast: Official

2018-10-29 06:39
A Lion Air passenger jet takes off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. (Trisnadi, AP, file)

A Lion Air passenger jet takes off from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya. (Trisnadi, AP, file)

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A Lion Air Boeing 737 carrying 188 passengers and crew crashed into the sea off the Indonesian coast shortly after take-off from Jakarta, the search and rescue agency said on Monday.

"The plane crashed into water about 30 to 40 metres deep," said Search and Rescue Agency spokesperson Yusuf Latif.

"We're still searching for the remains of the plane."

Earlier, Lion Air said it has lost contact with a passenger jet flying from Jakarta to an island off Sumatra.

A search and rescue effort has been launched for the Boeing 737-800 plane which departed Jakarta about 06:20 for Pangkal Pinang.

"We can confirm that one of our flights has lost contact," said Lion Air spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro.

"Its position cannot be ascertained yet."

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.

Data for Lion Air's Flight 610 on aircraft tracking website FlightAware ends just a few minutes following take-off.

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.

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