Passenger plane crashes near Indonesia shortly after taking off from Jakarta

(TIML NEWS) A passenger plane has crashed near Indonesia shortly after taking off from Jakarta.

The Lion Air aircraft crashed about 10 minutes after taking off for Indonesia. It is not clear how many people were on board.

The domestic flight was heading to Pangkal Pinang, an island north of Indonesia’s capital.

Lion Air’s flight JT-610 lost contact with air traffic control at about 6.33am local time (10.33am AEDT, 11.33pm BST).

More on this as it develops.