Jakarta (Indonesia): A passenger plane Flight JT610 from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang crashed 13 minutes after take-off on Monday, rescue agency confirmed. The reports say that the plane, which was carrying 188 passengers, crashed into the sea. The passenger airplane, which was operated by the Indonesian low-cost airline Lion Air, lost contact with the air traffic control at around 6:33 AM, a few minutes into the flight.

Search and rescue operation has been launched. “It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” rescue agency spokesperson Yusuf Latif said. Indonesia’s search and rescue agency is set to hold a briefing at 10 AM. The plane had requested to return to base minutes before it disappeared. The preliminary data shows an increase in speed and decrease in altitude at last transmission.

Debris, including plane seats, have been found near its offshore facility in Java sea, Indonesia energy firm Pertamina official said.

Lion Air airline has confirmed that the plane went off the radar on Monday morning. The aircraft was on the way from Indonesian capital Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang. The aircraft, a Boeing-737 Max 8, has the capacity to carry 210 passengers.

The Indonesian authorities have mounted a search and rescue operation for the missing Lion Air plane, which lost contact with air traffic controllers at 6.33 am today, news agency ANI reports The Straits Times as saying. Lion Air unit Batik Air was launch operator for the Max 8 in 2016.

This is a developing story and more details will be updated as soon as more reports come in.