Lion Air flight from Jakarta to Sumatra crashes

Lion Air flight from Jakarta to Sumatra crashes

Lion Air flight from Jakarta to Sumatra crashes

A Lion Air flight between Jakarta and an island off Sumatra has crashed, Indonesian search and rescue officials have said.

A tanker and cargo ship were approaching the site and a search and rescue vessel was also en route.

Latif said that the jet lost contact with air traffic control some 13 minutes into the flight, and crashed into the sea.

Pangkal Pinang is the capital of the province of Bangka, which lies north of Jakarta and east of the island of Sumartra. The Boeing 737 was orginally scheduled to arrive at Pangkal Pinang at 7.20am. The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which can carry up to 200 passengers, according to air tracking service Flightradar 24. The aircraft is believed to be just two months old, and a significantly updated version over older 737 models. It is not clear how many people were on board.

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Indonesia's state air navigation operator AirNav has alerted search and rescue authorities, spokesman Yohannes Harry Douglas said in a text message.

Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group said, "We can not give any comment at this moment".

Indonesia has a chequered air safety history with the last major crash happening in 2014.

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