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Lion Air Flight from Jakarta – Pangkal Pinang Crashes 13 Minutes After Takeoff

A Lion Air flight from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang has reportedly lost contact 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta.

The Lion Air flight JT-610 took off from Soekarno Hatta Airport at 6.20am local time and lost contact at 6.33am.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 was originally scheduled to arrive at Pangkal Pinang at 7.20am.

Lion Air Spokesman on Flight 610, which reportedly crashed off the coast of Indonesia, said: “We can confirm that one of our flights has lost contact, its position cannot be ascertained yet.”

Edward Sirait, the CEO of Lion Air group, said he was trying to find information on the plane but cannot give any further details at this stage.

The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, according to air tracking service Flightradar 24.

A search and rescue team has been deployed to find the plane.

The team left Jakarta at roughly 6.20am local time on Monday.

A tugboat working close to where the plane is believed to have crashed was the first to report sightings of debris.

The accident is the first to involve the widely-sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer’s workhorse single-aisle jet.

Officials have yet to determine the cause of the crash.

It’s not clear how many people were on board the flight, but the Boeing 737-Max 8 seats up to 200 passengers.

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