Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air lost contact with one of its flight shortly after take-off from Jakarta. It is suspected that the plane has crashed.
The flight lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute, about four minutes after departure from Jakarta.
Aviation analyst Alex Macheras tweeted, “Breaking: Scattered debris, suspected of being part of the Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 wreckage, has been found in the Java Sea near to Jakarta — Indonesian rescue agency.”
It took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta with 56 passengers, and six crew members on board. The 90-minute flight was en route Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province on Indonesia’s Borneo island.
Indonesia’s BASARNAS (search and rescue agency) and KNKT (Indonesian transport safety org) confirmed that a search and rescue operation for the missing Boeing 737 is currently underway.