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Indonesian president meets plane crash families as search carries into night

Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photograph:( Getty )

Reuters Jakarta, Indonesia Oct 29, 2018, 09.55 PM (IST)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo met with the relatives of passengers on board a crashed Indonesian aircraft late on Monday, as he ordered the search operation at sea to continue round the clock.

Lion Air flight JT610, an almost new Boeing 737 MAX 8, was carrying 189 people crashed into the sea as it tried to circle back to the capital, Jakarta, from where it had taken off minutes earlier. There were likely no survivors, officials said.

Authorities were focussing on an area about one nautical mile in radius based on debris found in the water. Floodlights were used to search through the night.

Body parts and debris found from the search area, about 15 km (9 miles) off the coast, were brought to Jakarta. The plane went down in waters about 30 metres to 35 metres (98 to 115 ft) deep.