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Lion Air CEO believed ill-fated Lion Air plane was flight-ready

Reuters Java, Indonesia Oct 29, 2018, 03.08 PM (IST)

Chief executive of Lion Air Group said on Monday the ill-fated aircraft crashed shortly after taking off had a technical problem that was resolved and was deemed fit to fly. Lion Air flight JT610, an almost new Boeing 737 MAX 8, carrying 189 on board, lost contact with ground officials 13 minutes after takeoff and crashed about 15 km (9 miles) off the coast.