Indonesian Air Crash Kills 189

Indonesian Air Crash Kills 189

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An Indonesian plane has crashed into the sea with 189 passengers on board. There are no survivors, according to officials.

The Boeing 737, owned by the low-cost airline Lion Air, went down after taking off from the capital, Jakarta, according to the BBC.

The flight, JT 610, was flying to the western city of Pangkal Pinang. Rescuers have retrieved bodies and personal belongings, including baby shoes.

There is no evidence of survivors. The plane had been in service since August. The reason for the crash remains unclear.

The crash is reported to be the first major accident involving a Boeing 737 Max – an updated version of the 737.

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Next of kin are being told to go to a hospital to identify the dead.

Flight JT 610 took off from Jakarta at 06:20 on Monday (23:30 GMT on Sunday).

It was scheduled to arrive at Depati Amir airport in Pangkal Pinang an hour later, but 13 minutes into the flight, authorities lost contact with pilots.

The pilot had asked to return to Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta airport, officials say.

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The airline operates 11 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes, but the others have not had a similar technical issue and the airline doesn’t plan to ground the fleet, he added.

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