Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off
A Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane has come down after taking off from Jakarta, say Indonesian officials.
Flight JT-610 was on a scheduled flight from the Indonesian capital to Pangkal Pinang, the main city in the Bangka Belitung Islands.
It lost contact with ground control a few minutes after take-off, as it was crossing the sea.
It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the plane, believed to be a Boeing 737.
Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the national search and rescue agency told reporters: “It has been confirmed that it has crashed.”
A Lion Air official earlier told the BBC the company did not yet know what had happened to the plane.
The aircraft was reported to be a Boeing 737 MAX 8, a model only in use since 2016.