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UPDATE: There are no survivors in the plane crash, officials say.


 

Indonesian authorities have started a search and rescue operation for a missing Lion Air plane which lost contact with air traffic controllers at 6:33 a.m. on Monday.

The Lion Air flight JT-610 took off from the Jakarta airport at the 6:20 a.m. local time and lost contact at 6:33 a.m. The Boeing 737 was originally scheduled to arrive at Pangkal Pinang at 7.20am.

A Lion Air Spokesman said, “We can confirm that one of our flights has lost contact, its position cannot be ascertained yet.” A tugboat notified the Tanjung Priok sea port’s Vessel Traffic Service that it had spotted a plane going down into the waters, according to local radio. The plane had 188 people onboard.

 

Source: Indonesia’s Lion Air says it’s lost contact with airplane | The Seattle Times

 

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