Jakarta - Flight JT610, a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 registered PK-LQP, crashed in the Java Sea after it took off from Jakarta.

The Transport Ministry of Indonesia has confirmed that the debris has been spotted. There were188 people onboard including the crew.

According to local sources, Flight JT610 disappeared from the radar screen 13 minutes after departure.

The plane was a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft delivered to the Indonesian carrier in August 2018.

Flightradar24 shows that the aircraft climbed to 5,375ft before losing altitude very fast. According to the Flightradar24 data, the rate of descent was almost 13,000 feet per minute.

Boeing announced that the company was closely monitoring the incident.

Lion Air is the second biggest low-cost carrier in Asia just behind the AirAsia group.

To date, Lion Air Group is the world’s one of the largest 737 family aircraft operators with 100 Boeing 737NG and ten 737 MAX 8 (nine after the crash). The Group expects to take delivery of 29 737NG (-900) and 201 737 MAX more over time. It is the largest ever commercial aircraft order that the American aircraft manufacturer so far received.

Today’s accident is the second major incident in the company history. In 2013, an also brand-new Boeing 737-800 missed the runway at Bali Airport and crashed into the water.