UPDATE: There are no survivors in the plane crash, officials say.
On board crashed Lion Air #JT610 plane:
– 178 adults
– 1 child
– 2 babies
– 2 pilots and 5 flight attendants
More updates: https://t.co/o5gy7wiMZu
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) October 29, 2018
Indonesian authorities have started a search and rescue operation for a missing Lion Air plane which lost contact with air traffic controllers at 6:33 a.m. on Monday.
The Lion Air flight JT-610 took off from the Jakarta airport at the 6:20 a.m. local time and lost contact at 6:33 a.m. The Boeing 737 was originally scheduled to arrive at Pangkal Pinang at 7.20am.
A Lion Air Spokesman said, “We can confirm that one of our flights has lost contact, its position cannot be ascertained yet.” A tugboat notified the Tanjung Priok sea port’s Vessel Traffic Service that it had spotted a plane going down into the waters, according to local radio. The plane had 188 people onboard.
We’re following reports that contact has been lost with Lion Air flight #JT610 shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 29, 2018