A Boeing 737 passenger plane carrying 62 people is believed to have crashed into the sea shortly after take-off from Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.
The Sriwijaya Air plane lost contact four minutes into its journey to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province.
A Boeing 737 passenger plane of Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air that went missing today is ‘suspected’ to have crashed as per Indonesia’s transport minister. The plane went missing soon after losing contact with air traffic control post take-off from Jakarta airport. Sriwijaya Air flight SJY182 took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Indonesian capital and was headed to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province. The aircraft has a capacity of 130 passengers and flight time from Jakarta to Pontianak is usually 90 minutes. It is now being feared that the plane has crashed into the sea.
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Indonesia’s transport minister said that 62 passengers and crew were there in the aircraft. As per the ministry, last contact with the plane was made at 0740 GMT on Saturday.
A crisis centre has been set up at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in order to deal with the incident and the aftermath. Indonesian transport ministry is probing the matter and Sriwijaya Air has said that it was gathering more information before releasing a fuller statement.
Reportedly, the plane was not a Boeing 737 Max which has hit headlines in recent years due to major crashes. However, there is no official word on this so far.
A Boeing 737 Max had crashed in Indonesia in October 2018 leaving 189 people dead. The aircraft belonging to Indonesian Lion Air had crashed into the sea.
Another Boeing 737 Max had crashed later on in Ethiopia. Boeing then had to shell out USD 2.5 billion in fines and 737 Max aircrafts were grounded.