Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air reported that it lost contact with a Boeing 737-500 which has just taken off from Jakarta to Pontianak.
Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air reported that it lost contact with a Boeing 737-500 which has just taken off from Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta to Pontianak.
According to Adita Irawati, the Indonesian Transport Ministry spokesperson, SJY 182 was last in contact at 2:20 pm local time.
“At this point, we are investigating and coordinating the matter with Basarnas (the search and rescue agency) and KNKT (the transport safety body). We will release more information as soon as there are developments,” said Irawati.
Flight tracker website FlightRadar24 reported that SJ182 disappeared from radars after taking off and lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute.
The flight path of SJ182 reportedly ended off the coast just north of Jakarta after losing altitude.
SJY 182 was reportedly in service for 26 years and was carrying 59 passengers, including six children.
Sriwijaya Air is still investigating the incident and has not yet given a statement.
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