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The airplane involved in the accident departing on its delivery flight from Boeing Field (Photo: Lion Air)

Updated: Lion Air Reports Loss of Contact with Boeing 737 MAX 8

A Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 has crashed just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia. The airplane rapidly lost altitude just minutes after departure. A spokesperson for the airline confirmed that they had lost contact with the aircraft minutes after takeoff. The aircraft was carrying 188 passengers at the time of the accident. https://twitter.com/BoeingAirplanes/status/1056743937870749696 The aircraft was delivered to Lion Air on August 13, 2018 and was operating flight JT610, on a trip between Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang. Local ship crews…