A plane carrying 189 people between two Indonesian cities crashed Monday morning.

Lion Air Flight JT 610 was traveling from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang when the Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed into the sea at about 6:30 a.m. local time. Everyone on board is feared dead.

The Reuters news agency said: “Yusuf Latief, spokesman of national search and rescue agency, said there were likely no survivors.”

Wreckage has been recovered from the crash site in the Java Sea, not far from where the plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.

Images show rescue workers carrying body bags.

Indonesian transportation and safety officials are searching for voice and data recorders and other clues to determine the cause in the crash of Lion Air’s brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet, the first accident of its kind for the variant of the top-selling plane.

The plane crashed into the Java Sea 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Lion Air said.

There were 189 people on board the flight to Pangkal Pinang, according to Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry. Divers of the search-and-rescue agency were looking for passengers and the plane. Lion Air had the plane in service for just over two months.

Government safety officials will search for cockpit voice and flight data recorders to help determine the cause of the crash. The pilot of Flight 610 asked to return to the airport after the plane took off,” Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesia’s transport safety committee, told reporters, according to Reuters.

The reason Lion Air Flight 610 went down is still unknown. Lion Air said in a statement that it had been using the new plane since Aug. 15. Data from flight-tracking site FlightRadar24, showed the plane had reached an altitude 5,000 feet of altitude, but showed a steep dive within 10 minutes of takeoff.

Boeing, which made the 737 MAX 8 jet, said wreckage of the twin-engine, narrow-body plane has been detected and that it “stands ready to provide technical assistance to the accident investigation.” The company directed all other questions to the Indonesian transportation safety committee.

“We express our concern for those on board, and extend heartfelt sympathies to their families and loved ones,” Boeing said.

The plane is a new model of its best-selling 737, which first debuted in 1967 and is Boeing’s top seller. Boeing introduced the 737 MAX family of aircraft in 2011, using quieter engines and more fuel efficiency than previous models as selling points. That year, Lion Air ordered 230 737s, including 201 737 MAX jets, according to Boeing.

Boeing has delivered more than 200 of the 737 MAX jets worldwide and it plans to increase production of its 737 jets to 57 a month from 52 next year to keep up with strong demand. It has an order backlog of more than 4,600 Boeing 737s, it said on its website.

Shares of Boeing were down 2.3 percent in late-morning trading, the biggest laggard in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, while the broader market rose.

A spokeswoman for engine maker CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric and France’s Safran, said the plane was powered by its CFM LEAP 1B engines and that the company is also ready to assist both the Indonesian and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

Lion Air is one of Indonesia’s youngest and fastest-growing airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations. The airline is a major customer of Boeing. The privately-held airline’s CEO Edward Sirait told reporters that the plane had a technical problem on a previous flight from Denpasar to Jakarta but that it “had been resolved according to procedure,” according to Reuters. He said the airline has 11 aircraft of the same model and that the issue was limited to that one plane.

The incident draws attention to Lion Air’s safety record. The Aviation Safety Network, part of the Flight Safety Foundation, listed 10 incidents or accidents involving Lion Air’s planes since 2002. In 2013, one of its Boeing 737-800 jets missed the runway while landing on the resort island of Bali, crashing into the sea without causing any fatalities among the 108 people on board.

The European Union removed Lion Air from its air safety blacklist in June 2016.



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