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Indonesian plane crash - 189 people dead

October 30, 2018

An aircraft with 189 people crashed into the sea soon after take off from Java Island in Indonesia. The Lion Air flight lost contact with ground officials 13 minutes after takeoff.

The head of a local rescue agency said they were not sure of any survivors. "We don't know yet whether there are any survivors," said Muhmmad Syaugi. "We hope, we pray, but we cannot confirm. We are there already, our vessels, our helicopter is hovering above the waters, to assist. We are trying to dive down to find the wreck."

Twenty three government officials were on the plane. The aircraft was functioning properly. Debris thought to be from the plane, including aircraft seats, was found near an offshore refining facility. The head of Indonesia's transport safety committee said they would have to wait until the black boxes were recovered.

We are preparing to depart to the location. The plane is so modern, it transmits data from the plane, and that we will review too. But the most important is the blackbox. - Soerjanto Tjahjono, Transport Safety Committee, Indonesia

This is the second worst air disaster in Indonesia since 1997 when a Garuda Indonesia A300 crash in Medan killed 214 people in 1997.

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