In­done­sia plane crash kills all 189 on board

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A jet­liner car­ry­ing 189 peo­ple from Jakarta crashed into the Java Sea on Mon­day, killing all aboard and re­new­ing con­cerns about air safety in a vast is­land na­tion de­pen­dent on air travel.

Min­utes af­ter take­off, with the skies clear, the crew of Lion Air Flight 610 con­tacted air traf­fic con­trollers and asked per­mis­sion to re­turn to the air­port.

“The re­quest was per­mit­ted,” said a spokesman for the In­done­sian air nav­i­ga­tion au­thor­i­ties. “Then we lost con­tact. It was very quick, maybe around one minute.”

Wit­nesses who saw the plane hur­tle into Karawang Bay, north­east of Ja- karta, told the au­thor­i­ties they had not heard an ex­plo­sion.

By air­plane stan­dards, the Boe­ing 737 Max 8 that crashed was brand new. It was de­liv­ered to Lion Air in Au­gust and had flown only about 800 hours.

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