Lion Air plane crashes in Indonesia

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JAKARTA: A Lion Air jet has crashed in Indonesia while flying from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang, according to the nation’s rescue agency.

Bloomberg reported that the plane involved was a Boeing Co 737 Max-8 model. It wasn’t clear how many passengers and crew were on board.

However, Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the agency, confirmed the crash in a text message to Reuters.

The plane lost contact 13 minutes after take-off, according to the official.

Flight JT610 took off around 6.20am and was due to have landed in the capital of the Bangka-Belitung tin mining hub at 7.20am, air tracking service Flightradar 24 said.

“We cannot give any comment at this moment,” Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group, told Reuters. “We are trying to collect all the information and data.”

The last major accident in Indonesia was in December 2014 when AirAsia Indonesia’s Airbus A320 aircraft crashed into the waters after taking off from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.