JAKARTA: A LION Air jet has crashed into the ocean after taking off from Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta.
The plane — with a seating capacity of 210 — lost radio contact just 13 minutes into the flight which was headed to Pangkal Pinang, an island east of Sumatra.
The aircraft disappeared near Karawang in West Java province, said Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Agency confirmed.
According to Reuters, Lion Air flight JT610 requested to return to base, with air traffic control losing contact with the pilots after approving the request.
Indonesia transport ministry official says it was carrying 189 people — including two infants and its crew.