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Air Plane with 189 People crashes in Indonesia

A plane carrying 189 people from Jakarta to another Indonesian city crashed into the sea on Monday, prompting a desperate search for survivors and questions about why the aircraft went down despite clear skies. Lion Air Flight JT-610 had been flying north from the capital, Jakarta, to the city of Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka when it went missing.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 was carrying 181 passengers, including one child and two infants, as well as six crew members and two pilots, The national search and rescue agency, said a tugboat crew saw the plane crash in Karawang Bay northeast of Jakarta, officials said.

A search and rescue effort was underway for the Boeing 737-800. The plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Greater Jakarta at 6.21 a.m. local time and had been due to land at around 7:30 a.m. in Pangkal Pinang, the largest city on the Indonesian island of Bangka.

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