188 killed in Jakarta air crash

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An In­done­sian Lion Air plane car­ry­ing 188 pas­sen­gers and crew crashed into the sea Mon­day, of­fi­cials said, mo­ments af­ter it had asked to be al­lowed to re­turn to Jakarta, ac­cord­ing to BBC. All the pas­sen­gers were killed in the crash. The jet van­ished from radar just 13 min­utes af­ter tak­ing off from the In­done­sian cap­i­tal, plung­ing into the ocean. Video footage ap­par­ently filmed at the scene of the crash showed a slick of fuel on the sur­face of the water. Dis­as­ter agency spokesman Su­topo Purwo Nu­groho tweeted pic­tures of de­bris, in­clud­ing what ap­peared to be an emer­gency slide and var­i­ous parts of a smashed mo­bile phone. Search and Res­cue Agency spokesman Yusuf Latif said author­i­ties were still search­ing for the re­mains of the plane, which lost con­tact with air traf­fic con­trol around 6.30 am (2330 GMT), en route to Pangkal Pi­nang on the is­land of Bangka. "The plane crashed into water about 30 to 40 me­tres deep," he told AFP. Sindu Ra­hayu, di­rec­torate gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion at the trans­port min­istry, said the air­craft was car­ry­ing 178 adult pas­sen­gers, one child and two ba­bies, with two pi­lots and five flight at­ten­dants. "The plane had re­quested to re­turn to base be­fore fi­nally dis­ap­pear­ing from the radar," he added in a state­ment. The Fligh­tradar web­site tracked the plane -- which it said was a Boe­ing 737 -- and showed it loop­ing south on take-off and then head­ing north be­fore the flight path ended abruptly over the Java Sea, not far from the coast.

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