Plane carrying almost 200 people crashes 13 minutes after take-off in Indonesia 6 months ago

Plane carrying almost 200 people crashes 13 minutes after take-off in Indonesia

A rescue operation is underway for the 189 passengers aboard a Lion Air flight that crashed in Indonesia.

The plane took off from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, and is believed to have crashed in the sea roughly 13 minutes later. The flight had been headed for Pangkal Pinang, which is also in Indonesia.

According to CNN, six dead bodies have been recovered from the site, and it is presumed that everyone aboard the plane has passed away.

It has further been reported that 12 minutes after takeoff, the pilot requested permission to turn back but "did not indicate that there was an emergency".

The flight in question was a Boeing 737 Max 8.

Boeing has issued a statement on the crash, saying: "The Indonesia Ministry of Transportation has confirmed it has located the wreckage of Lion Air Flight JT 610, a 737 MAX 8 en route from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang.

"The Boeing Company is deeply saddened by the loss of Flight JT 610. We express our concern for those on board, and extend heartfelt sympathies to their families and loved ones".