Relatives of passengers of Lion Air flight JT610 that crashed into the sea, arrive at crisis centre at Soekarno Hatta International airport near Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct 29
Lion Air doomed flight JT 610
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JAKARTA: A Lion Air flight with 189 passenger and crew on board has plunged into Java Sea during a short flight from the Indonesian capital Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang on October 29.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 flight JT 610 was carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two infants, as well as six crew members and two pilots, according to officials speaking at a news conference.
Debris, life vests and a mobile phone has been discovered two nautical miles from the crash site, according to Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency (SAR).
The plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Greater Jakarta at 6.21 am (local time), and had been due to land at around 7:30 am (local time) in Pangkal Pinan, the largest city on the Indonesian island of Bangka.
The SAR has deployed boats, helicopter and 130 rescuers to the site of the crash site in the Java Sea, 34 nautical miles off the coast near Jakarta.
Images of debris have been released by the agency, which is still trying to locate the Emergency Locator Transmitter which is currently not transmitting, it added.
The accident is the first to be reported that involves the widely-sold Boeing 737 MAX 8, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer’s workhorse single-aisle jet.