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Oct. 29, 2018 / 2:56 AM GMT / Updated 3:34 AM GMT
By Alex Johnson
An Indonesian Lion Air Boeing 737 carrying 189 passengers and crew crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, the capital, on Monday morning, authorities said. There was no immediate confirmation of casualties.
The national news agency, Antara, said Flight JT610, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, was reported missing 13 minutes after it took off at 6:20 a.m. (7:20 p.m. ET Sunday) for Pangkal Pinang, the capital of the Sumatran island of Bangka-Belitung.
Family members of passengers aboard a crashed Indonesian Lion Air jet mourn at Pangkal Pinang airport, in Bangka Belitung province, on Monday local time.Hadi Sutrisno / AFP – Getty Images
“It has been confirmed that the plane crashed in Tanjung Kerawang waters” in West Java Province, Erzaldi Rosman Djohan, the governor of Bangka Belitung, said at a news conference.
Antara said the plane was carrying 189 people — 178 adult passengers, three infants, six crew members and two pilots. Authorities initially said 188 people had been on board.
Before authorities lost contact with the plane, it requested permission to return to Jakarta for what Antara described only as “a problem.”
A spokeswoman for CFM International, the manufacturer of the plane’s two LEAP-1B engines, confirmed to NBC News that the company had been notified that the plane was missing. She said the company had no further information.
The Boeing Co. said in a statement that it’s ready to provide technical assistance to the accident investigation.
“The Boeing Company is deeply saddened by the loss of Flight JT 610,” the statement reads. “We express our concern for those on board, and extend heartfelt sympathies to their families and loved ones.”
Lion Air Group said it had no immediate comment.
Alex Johnson is a senior writer for NBC News covering general news, with an emphasis on explanatory journalism, data analysis, technology and religion. He is based in Los Angeles.
Ryan Ruggiero and Jay Blackman contributed.
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