An early Lion Air flight out of Jakarta on Monday (29th Oct) lost contact with control 13 minutes after take-off. The plan a Boeing 737-800 is capable of carrying 210 passengers. It was not clear how many people were on board
“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, according to Reuters.
A search and rescue effort was launched for the plane which departed Jakarta about 6.20am on Monday.
A shipping traffic officer in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, Suyadi, told The Jakarta Post that he has received a report from a tugboat, AS Jaya II, that the crew had seen a downed plane in Tanjung Bungin in Karawang, West Java.
“At 7:15 am the tugboat reported it had approached the site and the crew saw the debris of a plane,” Suyadi said.
As of 9 am there was no report about passengers or the plane crew, he said.
The last major accident in Indonesia was in December 2014 when AirAsia Indonesia’s Airbus A320 aircraft crashed into the waters after taking off from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.
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