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Massive rescue mission underway after Indonesia's Lion Air crashes into sea

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Massive rescue mission underway after Indonesia's Lion Air crashes into sea: report



An Indonesian jet carrying 189 passengers and crew crashed into the sea Monday shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, prompting a major rescue effort in the region, Indonesia's disaster agency reported.

An agency spokesman posted photos of the debris including a crushed smartphone, books, bags, and parts of the aircraft fuselage that had been collected by search and rescue vessels.

Indonesia's Lion Air said the Boeing 737-800 had lost contact with air traffic control about 10 minutes after its departure from Jakarta for Pangkal Pinang. Data for Lion Air's Flight 610 on aircraft tracking website FlightAware ends just a few minutes following takeoff. It said the plane had reached an altitude of only 5,200 feet.

A telegram from the National Search and Rescue Agency to the air force had requested assistance with the search in waters off West Java that are 98 to 115 feet deep. The agency's chief told reporters that divers are trying to locate the wreckage of the plane.



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