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Indonesia: Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane crashes off Jakarta

Indonesia: Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane crashes off Jakarta

| @indiablooms | 29 Oct 2018, 03:24 am

Jakarta, Oct 29 (IBNS):  A Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane came down crashing minutes after taking off from Jakarta on Monday, media reports said.

"Flight JT-610 was on a scheduled flight from the Indonesian capital to Pangkal Pinang, the main city in the Bangka Belitung Islands," BBC reported.

The flight reportedly lost ground control minutes after taking off from the airport.

The exact number of people traveling in the flight is still not known.

Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the national search and rescue agency was quoted as saying by BBC: "It has been confirmed that it has crashed."

A vessel traffic service officer in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, Suyadi, told The Jakarta Post that at 6:45 a.m. he received a report from a tugboat, AS Jaya II, that the crew had seen a downed plane, suspected to be a Lion Air plane, in Tanjung Bungin in Karawang, West Java.

"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 newspaper.

 

Image: Lion Air Group Facebook page 
 

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