Indonesian plane goes missing with 62 passengers after take-off
Published: 05:21 PM, 9 January 2021 Updated: 08:32 PM, 9 January 2021
Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 has gone missing after take-off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta
A passenger plane with 62 people on board has gone missing after take-off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
According to BBC, the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 lost contact en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province, officials said.
Flight tracking website Flightradar24.com said the aircraft SJ182 had “disappeared” more than 3,000 meters (10,000ft) in altitude in less than a minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta.
The transport ministry said search and rescue efforts were underway.
Meanwhile, there are no official confirmations of a crash. The Regent of the Thousand Islands said they had information that “something fell and exploded on Male Island,” according to a report of Indonesian newspaper Merdeka.
Earlier, the Soekarno-Hatta Airport Branch Communications Manager Haerul Anwar said the Sriwijaya aircraft had lost contact around Lancang Island, a part of the Thousand Islands.
Source: BBC, DW.