A spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said the Lion Air flight, JT610, lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, adding that a tug boat leaving the capital’s port had seen the craft falling. “It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” the spokesman, Yusuf Latif, said by text message, when asked about the fate of the plane, which air tracking service Flightradar 24 identified as a Boeing 737 MAX 8. According to head of the Disaster Relief Agency, Indonesia, there were 189 people in it. These included 181 passengers, two pilots and five other crew members, including three children. The plane crashed in the Bay of Karawang, about two nautical miles (3.7 kilometers) away from the contact breaker site. In this plane 20 officials of the Indonesian Ministry of Finance were also aboard.

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