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Indonesia plane crash updates: 188 on board, wreckage of Lion Air flight found

Indonesia Lion Air flight crashes: The Lion Air flight 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.

Lion AirLion Air passenger flight, with 188 on board, crashed into the sea on Monday morning, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said. The flight that took off from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea minutes later. A tugboat 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.

Lion AirThe plane lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, according to the official. Debris thought to be from the plane, including aircraft seats, was found near an offshore refining facility in the Java Sea, an official of state energy firm Pertamina said. “We don’t know yet whether there are any survivors,” Muhammad Syaugi, the head of the search and rescue agency said. “We hope, we pray, but we cannot confirm.” “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.”

 

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