An Indonesian budget airline plane with 62 people on board is suspected to have crashed into the sea shortly after the Boeing 737 took off from Jakarta airport on January 9, authorities said.
Flight tracking data showed the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plunged into a steep dive about four minutes after it left Soekarno-Hatta international airport.
Sixty two passengers and crew were on board, including 10 children, the nation’s Transport Minister, Budi Karya Sumadi, told reporters. The suspected crash site is near tourist islands just off Indonesia’s sprawling capital.
The plane took off on January 9 afternoon and a search and rescue operation began with no official results available till the night.
“We deployed our team, boats and sea riders to the location suspected to be where it went down after losing contact,” Bambang Suryo Aji, a senior official at the agency, told reporters after nightfall.
Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 was bound for Pontianak on Indonesia’s section of Borneo island, about 90 minutes flying time over the Java Sea.
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