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Lion Air flight crashes in Indonesia merely minutes after take-off

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A Lion Air flight en route to Panama Pinang from has crashed, an Indonesian official said Monday morning.

The flight — JT 610 — which was supposed to take off from at 6:10 AM only did so 10 minutes later.  was sceduled to land in Pangkal Pinang at 7:20 AM.

A search and officer said contact with the Airlines was lost 13 minutes from flight take off, at 6:33 AM.

The Indonesian authority (IAA), initially only confirmed that the Lion Air passenger plane is .

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It later confirmed that rescue work for the flight that is feared to have crashed has been initiated.

It is not yet clear how many passengers were on the flight. The - 8 plane is understood to have a maximum capacity of 175 people.

Indonesian search and rescue teams are now en route to the crash site, while a tug boat working in the area near where the plane is suspected to have crashed was the first to report seeing debris in the .

Families of passengers on the plane have started to flock to the at Pangkal Pinang, where the plane was to have landed.

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