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Australia tells officials to not fly Lion Air


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Australia's foreign affairs ministry says Australian government officials and contractors "have been instructed not to fly on Lion Air or their subsidiary airlines" following the crash of a Lion Air jet carrying 189 people.
The statement posted on the ministry's website said the decision will be reviewed when the findings of the crash investigation are clear.
It said its overall level of travel advice for Indonesia was unchanged from its recommendation to exercise a high degree of caution.
Indonesia's search and rescue agency says it's not expecting to find survivors from the plane that plunged into seas off Jakarta just 13 minutes after takeoff.
A search and rescue agency official says he's not expecting any survivors from the Lion Air plane that crashed into seas off Jakarta with 189 people aboard.
The operations director at the agency, Bambang Suryo Aji, says the search effort is focusing on finding bodies. He said six body bags have been used so far for human remains recovered.
Aji said the location of the plane hull hasn't been identified yet. Waters where it sank are up to 30 meters (100 feet) deep.
The search is currently planned to last seven days and could be extended.

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First Published: Oct 29 2018 | 5:05 PM IST

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