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Indian pilot captained Indonesian plane Lion Air that crashed into sea

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JAKARTA: Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja captained the Indonesian plane Lion Air which crashed into the sea on Monday with 188 passengers and crew, the airline said.

The flight flight JT610 en-route to Pangkalpinang crashed near Kerawang, 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport.

The flight carried 178 adults, 1 child and 2 infant, including 3 crew under training and 1 technician, the airline said in a statement.

The aircraft was commanded by Captain Suneja and co-pilot Harvino with six cabin crew members.

The 31-year-old captain has 6,000 flight hours and the co-pilot more than 5,000 flight hours, the statement said.

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