Plane carrying more than 60 people is feared to have crashed in Indonesia

Sriwijaya Airline

All passengers of a Boeing 737 passenger plane that crashed shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta are feared dead.

According to local officials, the Sriwijaya Airline, which was heading to Pontianak in West Kalimanta province, could no longer be contacted.

It is said that 62 passengers and crew aboard the unconfirmed manifesto, including seven youths and three babies, were on board.

The flight time over the Java Sea between the main Java island and Kalimantan, located on the island of Borneo, usually takes 90 minutes.

Based on data from FlightRadar24, the plane reached an altitude of almost 11,000 feet before plunging to 250 feet.

It later lost contact with air traffic control.

“Sriwijaya Air flight # SJ182 lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta,” said the tracking agency.

Indonesia’s transport ministry said they were already investigating the incident.

“A Sriwijaya (Air) plane from Jakarta to Pontianak (on Borneo island) with call sign SJY182 has lost contact,” said ministry spokesman Adita Irawati.

“It last made contact at 2:40 pm (0740 GMT).” (AFP / BBC)

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