Indonesia says Lion Air passenger flight from Jakarta to Sumatra has crashed

Passenger Plane Missing Minutes After Take Off From Jakarta Search On

National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) head Soerjanto Tjahjono said that the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that flew under flight number JT610 commenced operations under Lion Air in August and had a total 800 flight hours. The bulk of the plane is believed to have sunk.

An Indonesian search and rescue agency official estimated there would be no survivors from the Lion Air plane that crashed into the sea north of Java Island on Monday.

A search and rescue team has been deployed to find the plane. Indonesian TV stations have also broadcast pictures of a fuel slick and debris field.

"We don't know yet whether there are any survivors", agency head Muhmmad Syaugi told a news conference, adding that no distress signal had been received from the aircraft's emergency transmitter. "We all hope and pray that Suneja and all the others on the plane survive", the official said.

Boeing spokesman Paul Lewis says Boeing is "closely monitoring the situation" but did not provide details on the aircraft in question. "The Australian Embassy in Jakarta is making urgent enquiries with local authorities to determine if any Australians were affected", a spokesperson said.

The Lion Air Boeing 737 was reportedly scheduled to arrive at its destination airport at around 7:20 am.

Air traffic controllers lost contact with Lion Air flight JT610 at 6:33 a.m., shortly after the plane took off at 6:20 a.m. from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

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Distraught relatives are praying for a miracle as they wait for information on their relatives on doomed Lion Air flight JT-610.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, of Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management, posted images captured onboard a boat.

But while his friends battled their way through Jakarta's daily congestion to make the flight, Sony found himself stuck on a toll road for hours.

The country's carriers have in the past faced years-long bans from entering European Union and U.S. airspace over their safety records.

They suspected it to be the Lion Air flight floating near Tanjung Bungin in Karawang in West Java.

Lion Air, which flies to 126 destinations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and China, is the second largest low-priced carrier in south-east Asia (after Malaysia's AirAsia), and it's growing fast.

An Indonesian aircraft with 189 people on board has crashed into the sea and sunk soon after taking off from the capital, Jakarta, on a flight to a tin-mining region.

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