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Indonesian Lion Air flight crashes 10 minutes after taking off

The Lion Air jet crashed on its way from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang

Jakarta.

A passenger plane has crashed into the sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Lion Air flight between Jakarta and Pangkal Pinang lost contact with air traffic control early Monday morning, search and rescue officials in the country have said.

The Lion Air flight from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang crashed after take off according to reports

Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said: "It has been confirmed that it has crashed."

The plane lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, according to the official.

The aircraft is said to be a Boeing-737 Max 8, which can hold up to 210 passengers.

Lion Air says confirmed it lost contact with the passenger jet flying to the island off Sumatra.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on board.

Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group said: "We cannot give any comment at this moment."

He added: "We are trying to collect all the information and data."

A search and rescue effort has been launched for the plane which departed Jakarta about 6.20 a.m. on Monday.

Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said: "We can confirm that one of our flights has lost contact, its position cannot be ascertained yet."

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