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Lion Air flight loses contact, search in Indonesian seas



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A Lion Air flight lost contact shortly after he left The Indonesian capital Monday morning and a search and rescue operation at sea

The Boeing 737-800 lifted Jakarta at 6.20 in the direction of Pangkal Pinang on an island chain off Sumatra on. Data for flight 610 on the aircraft tracking site FlightAware ends a few minutes after launch.

"We can confirm that one of our flights has lost contact," said Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro. "His position can not be determined yet."

A telegram from the National Search and Rescue Agency to the Luftwaffe has requested assistance in finding a location at sea near Java.

A report to the Search and Rescue Department of Jakarta Office quotes the crew of a tug reporting a Lion Air flight falling from the sky. It was said several ships had set off.

Indonesian television showed scores of people anxiously waiting in front of Pangkal Pinang airport and officials bringing out plastic chairs

There was no immediate confirmation of how many people were on board the maximum capacity would be around 1

90.

Lion Air is one of Indonesia's youngest and largest airlines flying to dozens of national and international destinations.

In 2013, one of the Boeing 737-800 jets missed the runway on the holiday island of Bali during the landing, which plunges into the sea among the 108 people on board without causing any casualties.


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