Indonesia says Lion Air passenger flight from Jakarta to Sumatra has crashed

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"The plane crashed into water about 30 to 40 meters [100 to 130 feet] deep", Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

Previous year one of its Boeing jets collided with a Wings Air plane as it landed at Kualanamu airport on the island of Sumatra, although no one was injured.

Flight JT 610 was on a scheduled flight to Pangkal Pinang, the main town in the Bangka Belitung Islands.

Lion Air Group's Chief Executive Edward Sirait earlier told Reuters: "We can not give any comment at this moment".

The budget airline's aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, a child, two babies with two pilots and five flight attendants, Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, adding that the National Search and Rescue Agency, Basarnas, and the Ministry of Transportation were "handling" the situation.

Lion Air said in a statement that the pilot and co-pilot were experienced, with more than 11,000 flight hours between them.

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"We are here to find any information about my younger sister, her fiance, her in-law to be and a friend of them", said Feni.

Weather around Jakarta was reported to be cloudy this morning, with a rising chance of rain throughout the day.

Lion Air's president says the plane that crashed into the sea Monday had a technical problem on its last flight that was resolved.

According to Flightradar 24, the aircraft was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, the first of which came into service in 2017.

The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which can carry up to 200 passengers. A rescue and search operation is underway, officials said.

But Setiawan said any gratitude he felt was tinged with the knowledge so many people, including six of his colleagues, were not so fortunate.

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The air traffic websites FlightAware and Flightradar24 showed the plane climbing erratically, barely reaching above 5,000 feet, before quickly dropping and disappearing from radar, news reports said.

Meant for short-haul travel, the single-aisle plane can fit a maximum of 210 passengers.

In 2007, Lion Air was banned from flying in the European Union, along with all other Indonesian airlines, over a series of deadly accidents that followed a period of industry deregulation in the 1990's.

"A few flakes of Lion Air plane that crashed in waters of Karachi", he wrote in the first tweet, accompanying the photos.

The plane took off from Jakarta airport and crashed 13 minutes later. The transport ministry said crisis centers have been set up Pangkal Pinang's airport and Jakarta's Soekarno Hatta airport.

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