JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – A Sriwijaya Air passenger jet carrying 62 folks misplaced contact with air site visitors controllers after taking off from the Indonesian capital on Saturday on a home flight, authorities mentioned.
Indonesian Ministry of Transport spokeswoman Adita Irawati mentioned the Boeing 737-500 took off from Jakarta at roughly 1:56 p.m. and misplaced contact with the management tower at 2:40 p.m.
An announcement issued by the airline mentioned the aircraft was on an estimated 90-minute flight from Jakarta to Pontianak, the capital of the West Kalimantan province on the Indonesian island of Borneo. There have been 56 passengers and 6 crew members on board.
Irawati mentioned in a press release that a search and rescue operation was being carried out in coordination with the Nationwide Search and Rescue Company and the Nationwide Transportation Security Committee.
Native media stories mentioned fishermen noticed metallic objects believed to be components of a aircraft on Saturday afternoon within the Thousand Islands, a series of islands north of Jakarta.
Tv photos confirmed household and pals of individuals on board the aircraft crying, praying and hugging one another as they waited on the Jakarta airport and Pontianak airport.
Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago nation with greater than 260 million folks, has been hit by transportation accidents on land, sea and air on account of overcrowded ferries, outdated infrastructure and poor security laws.