Lion Air Flight Crashes

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Lion Air Flight Crashes

A plane has reportedly crashed near Jakarta minutes after takeoff. The Lion Air flight had 188 passengers on board, according to the Indonesian Transport Ministry.

An Indonesian airplane operated by budget airline Lion air crashed shortly after takeoff at Jakarta’s Soekarno airport on Monday, authorities confirmed. The aircraft reportedly crashed just 13 minutes after takeoff, likely into the Java Sea. According to the national Transport Ministry, there were 188 people on board.

“The aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and five flight attendants,” said Sindu Rahayu, head of civil aviation at the Transport Ministry.

Rescue officials said that contact with the plane was lost over Karawang, in West Java province, not far from the capital.

“At the moment personnel from Karawang water police unit are heading to the coordinates to check whether the information we received was accurate,” said local police chief Slamet Waluyo.

Shortly thereafter, rescue officials said that debris had been found that could have come from the plane.

“We have found life vests, mobile phones and pieces of the aircraft,” said Muhammad Syaugii of Indonesia’s search and rescue service, said on Monday.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from The News  Minute.)

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