Plane with 188 people crashes after takeoff – News Block

A passenger plane carrying 188 people crashed into the sea off Jakarta.

Flight JT610 lost contact with the ground 13 minutes after takeoff, The Guardian reports.

“It has been confirmed to have crashed,” Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the country’s search and rescue agency, said on Monday.

The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, which can carry up to 200 passengers.

A search and rescue effort has been launched for the plane, which left Jarkata at around 6:20 am Ipcal time on Monday.

It was scheduled to land at Pangkal Pinang at 7:20 am.

Wreckage has been found near where the plane lost contact with air traffic officials on the ground. Said Mohmmad Syaugi, head of the search and rescue agency.

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