Indonesian plane carrying 188 passengers crashes into Java Sea

Indonesian plane carrying 188 passengers crashes into Java Sea

Officials have confirmed that an Indonesian plane carrying over 180 passengers and crew has crashed into the sea a little after it was asked to return to the airport because of a problem.

This incident occurred on Monday and Search and Rescue authorities are still searching for the remains of the plane.

The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control around 6.30 am (2330 GMT), en route to Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka.

The UK Daily Mail reports that the jet vanished from radar just 13 minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Reports indicate that the plane, Lion Air JT 1610, must have plunged 30 to 40 metres into the sea.

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Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry, said the aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and five flight attendants.

He is quoted as saying: "The plane had requested to return to base before finally disappearing from the radar."

The Flightradar website tracked the plane and showed it looping south on take-off and then heading north before the flight path ended abruptly over the Java Sea

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Indonesia has a rather problematic air traffic security record in recent times.

In August 2015, a commercial passenger aircraft operated by Indonesian carrier Trigana crashed in Papua due to bad weather, killing all 54 people on board.

This followed an AirAsia crash that killed 168 people in 2014.

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