Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency confirmed Lion Air JT610 crashed into the sea with 188 passengers including crews on board.
The Boeing 737 took off from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang at 6.20am and contact was lost at 6.33am
There were 20 officials from Indonesia Finance Ministry when the plan crashed.
Lion Air chief executive Edward Sirait has refrained from commenting so far. “At the moment, we are trying to collect all the information and data” He told Reuters.
Head of Indonesia’s national transportation safety committee (KNKT) Dr Soerjanto Tjahjono said the Boeing 737 MAX had about 800 flight hours and had started to be used since August.