Indonesian plane feared crashed with 62 aboard

DG Staff

(FILES) This file photo taken over Tangerang on March 18, 2013 shows a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-300, a similar model to the Indonesian airline's Boeing 737-500 operating as flight SJY182 that lost contact during a flight from Jakarta to Pontianak on January 9, 2021. - Indonesia's Sriwijaya Air lost contact with one of its passenger-jet planes shortly after take-off from the capital Jakarta, the country's transportation ministry said on January 9, 2021. (Photo by Adek BERRY / AFP)

JAKARTA 10 January 2021: A Sriwijaya Air plane with 62 people on board lost contact after taking off from Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on a domestic flight on Saturday and rescuers said suspected debris had been found in the sea off the city, Reuters reported.

The Boeing 737-500, en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan, disappeared from radar screens after taking off just after 2.30 p.m. (0730 GMT).

Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya told a news conference that 62 people had been aboard, including 12 crew. Another official had said earlier there were 56 passengers and six crew, said WAM/ Reuters.

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