The Lion Air jet crashed in Indonesia while flying from Jakarta to Pangkalpinang, according to the nation’s rescue agency.
Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said: “It has been confirmed that it has crashed.”
The plane lost contact 13 minutes after takeoff, according to the official.
The aircraft is said to be a Boeing-737 Max 8, which can hold up to 210 passengers.
Lion Air says confirmed it lost contact with the passenger jet flying to the island off Sumatra.
It was not immediately clear how many people were on board.
Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group said: “We cannot give any comment at this moment.”
He added: “We are trying to collect all the information and data.”
A search and rescue effort has been launched for the plane which departed Jakarta about 6.20 a.m. on Monday.
Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said: “We can confirm that one of our flights has lost contact, its position cannot be ascertained yet.”
Original article appeared in the Sun.