Lion Air passenger plane crashes in Indonesia, 189 people expected to have died

The urgent search continues for survivors of a Lion Air plane crash off Indonesia
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There were 188 passengers onboard the crashed Lion Air plane that left Jakarta on Monday.

Indonesian authorities have predicted there will be no survivors after a passenger plane carrying 189 people, operated by Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air, crashed into the ocean on Monday.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8, flying from the capital, Jakarta, to Pangkal Pinang in Bangka Belitung province, took off about 6.20am Jakarta time (12.20pm NZ Time) but lost contact with air traffic control at 6.33am.

At a press conference on Monday afternoon, Basarnas (Indonesian's search and rescue agency) director of rescue operations Bambang Suryo Aji said "my prediction is nobody saved. All dead".

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