Lion Air passenger flight that went missing after takeoff on Monday, has crashed, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said, reported Reuters. The flight that took off from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea, the agency said. “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.
The plane 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. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board. “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.”
We’re following reports that contact has been lost with Lion Air flight #JT610 shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.
The plane was delivered to Lion King by Boeing in August this year. According to the Boeing website, the total passenger carrying capacity of the plane is 210 seats.
Lion Air is one of Indonesia’s youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations. In 2013, one of its Boeing 737-800 jets missed the runway while landing on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea without causing any fatalities among the 108 people on board.