Geography of Indonesia

Indonesian Plane Crashes into Sea with 189 Passengers on Board

A brand new Indonesian Lion Air plane carrying 189 passengers and crew crashed into the sea Monday, officials said, moments after it had asked to be allowed to return to Jakarta, reports AFP. 

The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, vanished from radar 13 minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital, plunging into the Java Sea.

Indonesia Fireworks Factory Explosion Kills at Least 23, Dozens More Injured

At least 23 people have been killed in an explosion at a fireworks factory near Jakarta, according to

Bodies are still being recovered from the building, and the death toll is expected to rise.

Police said they did not know how many people were working in the factory in the city of Tangerang, west of Jakarta.