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. 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…