Lion Air Plane Crashes Just After Take-off: 189 Feared Dead

A Lion Air Boeing 737 plane, carrying 189 people on board, has reportedly crashed into the sea just 13 minutes after taking off. The flight was departing from the airport in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

The Lion Air flight JT 610 left the Jakarta airport at 6:20 on Monday morning (local time) and was supposed to arrive to its destination an hour later at the main town Pangkal Pinang at the Bangka Belitung Islands.

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Just shortly after taking off, the pilot of the flight JT 610 had requested to return to the Jakarta‘s Soekarno-Hatta airport. Minutes after that, ground control lost the contact with the plane. It is believed that it was the time the plane crashed into the sea.

The officials speculated that the plane has ended up underwater. "The plane crashed into water about 30m to 40m deep," Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif said. "We're still searching for the remains of the plane."

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There is no clear reason known as to what caused a brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 to fail and crash into the sea, causing danger to everyone on-board. There are no news about whether there are any survivors out of the 189 passengers and cabin crew. It is believed that 178 adults, two babies and an infant together with two pilots and five cabin crew members were on a plane at the time of the accident.

However, personal belongings, believed to belong to the victims of the crash have resurfaced near the place of the crash. Such items like ID cards and driver‘s licenses have been found by the search party.

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The reasons behind the crash are still under investigation.