No Survivors Found After Indonesia Plane Crash

(NEWSER) – A Lion Air passenger jet crashed into the sea after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday—and no survivors from the 189 people on board have been found. The airline says the Boeing 737 Max 8, a brand new aircraft, was carrying 181 passengers, including two infants, and eight crew members, the AP reports. Flight data shows that Flight JT610, en route to Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka, made a sudden, sharp dive into the sea after losing contact with controllers 13 minutes into the flight, the Guardian reports. Authorities say the flight crashed into waters off West Java that are around 100 feet.

Search and rescue officials say debris including parts of the fuselage and the possessions of passengers has been recovered from the area, but there is no sign of any survivors. The passengers included at least 20 employees of Indonesia's finance ministry, who had been returning to ministry offices in Pangkal Pinang after spending the weekend in Jakarta, the BBC reports. Officials at Lion Air, Indonesia's largest low-cost airline, say they don't understand why the crash happened—especially since the aircraft involved was made this year and has only been in service with the airline since August 15. This is the first known crash involving a Max 8. (An "ancient" plane was involved in an earlier deadly crash in Indonesia.)


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