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by on October 29, 2018
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Indonesia Lion Air flight crashes: The Lion Air flight lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, according to the official. The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, according to air tracking service Flightradar 24. 

Lion Air passenger flight that went missing after takeoff on Monday, crashed into the sea, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said. A total of 188 passengers and crew were onboard the flight, AP reported. The flight that took off from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea, Indonesia said. It also added that a tugboat leaving the capital’s port had seen the craft falling. “It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the agency, said by text message when asked about the fate of the Lion Air plane.

The plane lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, according to the official. The jet was a Boeing 737 MAX 8, according to air tracking service Flightradar 24. “We cannot give any comment at this moment, said Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group. “We are trying to collect all the information and data.”   

The plane was delivered to Lion King by Boeing in August this year. According to the Boeing website, the total passenger carrying capacity of the plane is 210 seats. A news conference would be held later on Monday, Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group told Reuters.

Lion Air, earlier this year, had its safety ranking upgraded to the highest level after Indonesia passed a key international audit, its official website says. The upgrade is the result of a new audit of Indonesia’s compliance with the eight categories in the International Civil Aviation Organization Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP). These include Operations, Airworthiness, Accident Investigation, Aerodromes, Organization, Legislation, Air Navigation Services and Licensing.

Apart from Lion Air, Garuda Indonesia, and Batik Air were also upgraded. All three airlines have also completed the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), which is conducted every two years.

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