Indonesian Sriwijaya plane loses contact, 62 people onboard
Sriwijaya Air passenger jet has lost contact with air traffic controllers after taking off from Jakarta. The plane took off on saturday with 62 people onboard with an estimated 90- minute flight from Jakarta to Pontianak.
According to the Indonesian Transportation Ministry, the Boing 737-500 took off from Indonesia’s capital at about 1:56p.m. and at 2:40 p.m,Western Indonesian Time (2:40 a.m. ET). the plane lost all contacts with the control tower. Aditi Irawati, government spokesperson said that, “The missing plane is currently under investigation and under coordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee.”
Indonesia’s iNews reported that there were 56 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew onboard. In less than a minute, the plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude, says flight tracker website, Flight Radar24. Soekarno-Hatta Airport Branch Communications Manager Haerul Anwar said that the Sriwijaya Air plane had lost contact around Lancang Island, which is a part of the Thousand Islands chain. Though the Regent of the Thousand Islands said that he had information that “something fell and exploded on Male Islands” but still there was no official confirmation of a crash.
In their statement, Sriwijaya Air said that they were “in contact with various related parties to get more detailed information” regarding the incident and that they will “immediately issue an official statement” when information was more clear.