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189 feared dead in Indonesian jet crash

Plane plunged into the Java Sea minutes after take-off from Jakarta

All 189 passengers and crew aboard an Indonesian Lion Air jet are likely to have died when the airliner crashed shortly after take-off on Monday, rescue officials said.

The officials announced that they had found human remains and would continue the search through the night.

Vanished from radar

The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, vanished from the radar 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta, plunging into the Java Sea moments after it had asked to return to the Indonesian capital.

Websites that display flight data showed the plane speeding up as it suddenly lost altitude in the minutes before it disappeared.

Authorities said witnesses saw the jet plunge into the water. Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said there were 178 adult passengers, one child, two infants, two pilots, including Indian Bhavye Suneja, and six crew aboard flight JT 610.

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