An Indonesian plane carrying 188 people has crashed into the sea shortly after taking off.

An Indonesian plane carrying 188 people has crashed into the sea shortly after taking off.

The plane, a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max, was, according to the BBC, headed for Pangkal Pinang when it lost contact.

The plane was said to be carrying 178 adults, 3 babies, and 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew.

The cause of the crash is still unknown as the plane is a new one, starting operation in August.

It is unknown if there are survivors, the Indonesian Search, and Rescue Agency head Muhammad Syaugi telling newsmen:

We don’t know yet whether there are any survivors. We hope, we pray, but we cannot confirm.

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