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Lion Air passenger plane crashes into sea in Indonesia

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JAKARTA — A Lion Air passenger flight carrying 188 passengers has crashed into the sea on Monday after taking off from the capital Jakarta, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said.

The plane was heading to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra when it lost contact with air traffic control around 6.30 am (2330 GMT), 13 minutes after takeoff, Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, said.

“It has been confirmed that it has crashed,” the spokesman told Reuters, adding a tug boat leaving the capital’s port had seen the aircraft falling.

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The transport ministry said there were 188 passengers and crew aboard the plane, which was believed to be a Boeing 737 MAX 8.

“The aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child and two babies, with two pilots and five flight attendants,” Sindu Rahayu, directorate general of Civil Aviation at the transport ministry, said.

“The plane had requested to return to base before finally disappearing from the radar,” he added.

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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