Boeing 737 plane crashes in sea off Jakarta

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The plane was carrying 188 passengers and crew and authorities are yet to find any survivor.

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".

Relatives of passengers of Lion Air flight JT610 that crashed into the sea, cry at Depati Amir airport in Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia. Its only fatal accident to date was when a MD-82 crashed upon landing at Solo City in 2004, killing 25 of the 163 people on board, according to the Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network.

"Basarnas and Ministry of Transportation continue to do handling". Its unit Malindo Air was the first in the world to put the 737 Max plane into service.

"We don't know yet whether there are any survivors", Syaugi told a press conference.

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Nugroho tweeted images showing debris and personal belongings that came from the aircraft.

It was not immediately clear if any foreigners were on the downed plane, which Lion said was a new, airworthy plane that had only gone into service in August.

Weather conditions in the area have been described as more or less normal at the time of the crash.

Lion Air's Malaysian subsidiary, Malindo Air, received the very first global delivery.

Earlier, Lion Air said it has lost contact with a passenger jet flying from Jakarta to an island off Sumatra. The National Search and Rescue Agency says debris spotted so far include aircraft parts, a handbag, driving license and national identity card.

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A spokesperson for Indonesia's Finance Ministry Nufransa Wira Sakti said they worked at the finance ministry offices in Pangkal Pinang but had been in Jakarta for the weekend. The vice president of a leading airline in India that operates Boeing 737 said Suneja was considering returning to India. It crashed into the sea just 13 minutes after takeoff.

According to the Associated Press, Lion Air airline is a fast-growing low-priced airline with a mixed safety record.

The Lion Air flight took off from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta worldwide airport at 6.20 am.

Novie Riyanto, the head of AirNav, which manages air traffic in Indonesia, said the pilot made a "RTB" or return to base request "just two or three minutes after it took off and the ATC has approved".

The country's worst air disaster happened in 1997, when 214 people were killed in a Garuda Indonesia A300 crash in Medan.

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