Sriwijaya Air plane carrying 62 people goes missing after takeoff from Jakarta

A Sriwijaya Air passenger plane has lost contact with air traffic controllers after taking off from Jakarta on a domestic flight, officials say. The jet, a Boeing 737-500, was carrying 62 people.

The plane took off from Indonesia’s capital at about 1:56 p.m. and lost contact with the control tower at 2:40 p.m., said Indonesian Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati.

Tracking service Flightradar24 said the plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute.

A statement released by the airline said the plane was on an estimated 90-minute flight from Jakarta to Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province on Indonesia’s Borneo island. There were 56 passengers and six crew members on board.

Local media reports said fishermen spotted metal objects believed to be parts of a plane on Saturday afternoon in the Thousand Islands, a chain of islands north of Jakarta. Irawati said a search and rescue operation was underway in coordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee.

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