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The Wall Street Journal: Indonesian plane with 188 people on board crashes — first accident for new version of Boeing 737

JAKARTA, Indonesia—A Lion Air jetliner carrying 188 people crashed shortly after takeoff Monday morning from Jakarta in what was the first major accident involving a new variant of the popular Boeing 737.

Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, confirmed that the plane crashed. Port authorities said that vessels had been deployed to an area off the coast of Java, the archipelago nation’s main island, to the area where it was last heard from.

Indonesia’s air-traffic control authority said it lost contact with Flight JT610 at 6:33 a.m., about 13 minutes after it took off from Jakarta’s main airport for Pangkal Pinang, a city on the island of Bangka, near Sumatra.

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