Boeing 737 crashes into sea in Indonesia with 189 passengers, crew on board

A plane carrying 189 people crashed into the sea north of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, shortly after take-off on Monday morning.

Lion Air’s flight JT-610 was heading to Pangkal Pinang, an island north of Indonesia’s capital when it lost contact with air control about 6.33am local time (10.33am AEDT, 11.33pm BST) –  just 13 minutes after take-off.

Before the tragic accident, the plane’s pilot Bhavye Suneja had asked to return to the airport.

Traffic control allowed the return, but the aircraft vanished from the radar shortly after. Authorities are not sure why the plane crashed, as the weather was sunny, the aircraft was new and the pilots experienced.

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On board were 178 adults, one child, two babies, two pilots and five flight attendants. There were also 20 staff from the Indonesian Ministry for Finance on board, and 23 government officials in total.

The head of search and rescue agency Basarnas told reporters body parts had been seen floating in the ocean near the crash site.

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Pictures and video shared online by the head of Indonesia’s disaster relief agency show debris and oil floating on the water following the crash, of which there are, so far, no known survivors.

Relatives were pictured crying at the Pangpal Pinang airport as they awaited news on their loved ones and family members were also pictured arriving at the agency’s headquarters in Jakarta.

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