Indonesian airplane crashes into sea

Lion Air passenger jet with 188 people on board crashes into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.

Ben Ariel,

Lion Air plane
Lion Air plane

A Lion Air passenger jet crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta on Monday morning (local time) with 188 passengers and crew on board, reported The Associated Press.

A spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster agency said the flight was carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two babies, and seven crew members.

A search and rescue effort is underway for the Boeing 737-800, which departed the Indonesian capital about 6:20 a.m. local time for Pangkal Pinang.

Contact was lost with the plane shortly after it left Jakarta.

A telegram from the National Search and Rescue Agency to the air force has requested assistance with the search of a location at sea off Java.