Lion Air plane crashes into sea, 188 on board

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In 2013 a Lion Air jet with a rookie pilot at the controls undershot the runway and crashed into the sea in Bali, splitting the plane in two.

They gathered at crisis centers set up by the authorities at airports, hoping desperately for a miracle. "We're still searching for the remains of the plane".

The disaster is a setback for Indonesia's airline industry, which just emerged from decade long bans by the European Union and the U.S. over safety concerns.

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo said: "I will continue to pray that victims can be found immediately".

The MAX 8 has a top capacity of 178 to 200 passengers, depending on the configuration of the first-class cabin, according to Boeing.

At least 23 government officials were among the 189 board the plane, which an air navigation spokesman said had sought permission to turn back just before losing contact. It plunged into the sea about 10 minutes later.

Earlier, video footage apparently filmed at the scene of the crash showed a slick of fuel on the surface of the water and pictures showed what appeared to be an emergency slide and bits of wreckage bearing Lion Air's logo.

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The Boeing 737 MAX, one of the latest variations of the American-built aircraft, was originally scheduled to arrive at Pangkal Pinang, in Bangka Belitung Islands province, at 7.20am. About 20 ministry staff were on the flight. "The 31-year-old captain has 6,000 flight hours and the co-pilot more than 5,000 flight hours", said a statement from the airlines. "We hope, we pray, but we can not confirm".

Thus, the crash of the plane was not monitored by the Medium Earth Orbital Local User Terminal at the Basarnas [Search and Rescue] head office. 'We are also confused about the why, since it was a new plane'.

Search and rescue services are reported to have found body parts following the crash of flight JT 610 shortly after take off from Indonesia's capital, Jakarta.

The search and rescue agency said the flight ended in waters off West Java that are 98ft to 115ft deep.

"The South African government wishes the Indonesian government and people, particularly the affected families, strength during this time of grief", said Ndivhuwo Mabaya, spokesman for the national department of worldwide relations and cooperation (Dirco). Sister and mother have not come out.

Lion Air Flight JT-610 had been flying north from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang when it went missing at around 6:33 a.m. local time. The agency has also said they have located body parts floating in the sea.

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