Indonesia: Sriwijaya Air plane missing shortly after takeoff

Flight SJ182 disappeared from radars shortly after takeoff. The Boeing 737 plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute, reported flight tracker website FlightRadar24.

A Sriwijaya Air plane lost contact shortly after takeoff from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Saturday, according to government spokesman Adita Irawati.

“The missing plane is currently under investigation and under coordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee,” Irawati said in a statement.

Flight tracking showed the flight path of flight SJ182 ending off the coast just north of Jakarta after losing altitude.

What we know so far:

  • The flight last made contact at 2:40 p.m. (0740 UTC)
  • It was carrying a total of  passengers, including five children and a baby, reported Indonesian newspaper Republika.
  • There were two pilots and four cabin crew on board, reported Indonesia’s iNews.
  • The plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta Airport. It was heading to Pontianak, the provincial capital of West Kalimantan.
  • The plane was a Boeing 737-500.
  • The plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute, reported flight tracker website FlightRadar24.

Has the plane crashed?

There are no official confirmations of a crash. 

The Regent of the Thousand Islands said he had information that “something fell and exploded on Male Island,” in comments to Indonesian newspaper Merdeka.

Previously, the Soekarno-Hatta Airport Branch Communications Manager Haerul Anwar said that the Sriwijaya Air plane had lost contact around Lancang Island — part of the Thousand Islands chain.

Unconfirmed images of small debris fished from the water were broadcast by local media.

Source: dw.com

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