A Lion Air flight number JT610 passenger flight carrying 189 passengers crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.
The ill-fated flight was heading to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra when it lost the contact with Air traffic control around 2230GMT (6:30 am) local time, approx 13 minutes after takeoff.
Lion Air flight JT610
“The plane had requested to return to base before finally disappearing from the radar, “Sindhu Rahayn,” DG Civil Aviation at the transport ministry said,”
Lion Air flight JT610 was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, was carrying 181 passengers, including children and infants and 8 member crew.
There were two foreigners on board the plane, The pilot was Indian from New Delhi and another one was an Italian citizen.
Its Pilot and co-pilot had together flown 11,000 hours of flying time, the airline said in a statement.