Indonesian passenger plane carrying 188 people crashes into ocean

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An Indonesian Lion Air Flight JT-610 carrying 188 passengers and crew crashed into the ocean on Monday morning, just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, according to Indonesian officials.

Lion Air JT610 pilot Bhavye Suneja.Lion Air JT610 pilot Bhavye Suneja.Source:Supplied

Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif said authorities were still searching for the remains of the plane, which lost contact with air traffic control around 6.30 am (2330 GMT), en route to Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka.

The Boeing 737-800 was scheduled to land in the city of Pangkal Pinan, on the Indonesian island of Bangka, at around 7:30 a.m., officials said.

Flight attendant Mery Yulyanda. Picture: Instagram

Flight attendant Mery Yulyanda. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied

It reportedly lost contact with air traffic control just 13 minutes after takeoff.

“It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” said spokesman Yusuf Latif, of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency.

“The plane crashed into the water about 30 to 40 metres deep,” he told AFP.

Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry, said the aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and five flight attendants.

Cabin crew member Alfiani Hidayatul Solikah was included in the passenger manifest of the JT 610 Lion Air plane which crashed Monday morning. Picture: Instagram

Cabin crew member Alfiani Hidayatul Solikah was included in the passenger manifest of the JT 610 Lion Air plane which crashed Monday morning. Picture: InstagramSource:Supplied

“The plane had requested to return to base before finally disappearing from the radar,” he added in a statement.

The Flightradar website tracked the plane — which it said was a Boeing 737 — and showed it looping south on take-off and then heading north before the flight path ended abruptly over the Java Sea, not far from the coast.

Relatives of passengers comfort each after Lion Air flight JT 610 crashed with 189 people on board. Picture: AP

Relatives of passengers comfort each after Lion Air flight JT 610 crashed with 189 people on board. Picture: APSource:AP

Relatives of passengers comfort each other as they wait for news on a Lion Air plane that crashed off Java Island at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang. Picture: AP

Relatives of passengers comfort each other as they wait for news on a Lion Air plane that crashed off Java Island at Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang. Picture: APSource:AP

A commercial vessel surveys the oil slick and small floating debris at what is believed to be the crash site of the Boeing 737. Picture: Indonesia Rescue

A commercial vessel surveys the oil slick and small floating debris at what is believed to be the crash site of the Boeing 737. Picture: Indonesia RescueSource:Supplied

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