Boeing 737 jet with 62 people on board "crashes" after "falling 10,000 feet" after taking off from Indonesia and disappearing from the radar – as rescuers find debris in the ocean
- The Sriwijaya Air plane took off from Jakarta and was flying to Pontianak when it lost contact with the control room
- It is believed that just four minutes after take-off, the aircraft fell 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds
- Fears there will be 62 people on the plane, including 56 passengers, as well as two pilots and four cabin crew
A Boeing 737 passenger jet with 62 people on board disappeared over the sea after sinking 10,000 feet shortly after taking off from Jakarta.
The Sriwijaya Air plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Saturday afternoon when it lost contact with the control room.
The usual flight time is around 90 minutes over the Java Sea between Jakarta and Kalimantan, Indonesia's part of the island of Borneo.
But four minutes after takeoff, the Boeing B737-500 aircraft crashed to nearly 11,000 feet in less than 60 seconds, leaving it at an altitude of 250 feet before disappearing.
It is feared that there are 62 people in the 26-year-old aircraft, including 56 passengers – seven of them children and three babies – as well as two pilots and four flight attendants.
And families now fear the worst after rescuers searching for the jet discovered suspected debris in the ocean north of the capital.
The missing plane is an older model than the Boeing 737 MAX, which was involved in two previous fatal crashes – including the Indonesian Lion Air crash in 2018 that killed 189 people.
A Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 passenger jet carrying 62 people disappeared over the sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta after falling 10,000 feet. Pictured: some suspected debris from the plane found by the fisherman
Families of the passengers and crew fear the worst after rescuers searching for the jet discovered suspected debris in the ocean north of the capital.
The plane – believed to be a Boeing B737-500 – is believed to have fallen 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds just four minutes after takeoff
Indonesian soldiers are seen at Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta after the Sriwijaya Air plane disappeared over the ocean
A Boeing spokesman said: “We are aware of media reports from Jakarta and are closely monitoring the situation. We are working on collecting more information. & # 39;
Indonesian airline Sriwijaya Air said it will receive more information before making a statement.
The Indonesian Ministry of Transport said on Saturday: "A plane from Sriwijaya (air) from Jakarta to Pontianak (on the island of Borneo) with the callsign SJY182 has lost contact," said Ministry spokeswoman Adita Irawati.
"It last made contact at 2:40 pm (0740 GMT)."
The Sriwijaya Air plane (file photo of a similar plane) took off from the Indonesian capital on Saturday and was flying to Pontianak in West Kalimantan Province when it lost contact with the control room, according to local media reports
The reported disappearance comes just over two years after a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX crashed into the sea after taking off from Indonesia. Lion Air's JT-610 flight (photo in stock) lost contact with air controls in October 2018
The crash (wreck pictured) killed all 189 people on board and was attributed to a combination of design flaws in the aircraft, inadequate training and maintenance issues
The low-cost airline just said it was investigating the incident.
Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Commission are also investigating, Irawati said.
189 people were killed in October 2018 when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet slammed into the Java Sea about 12 minutes after taking off from Jakarta on a one-hour routine flight.
In that crash – and a subsequent fatal flight in Ethiopia – Boeing was fined $ 2.5 billion for defrauding regulators overseeing the 737 MAX model that followed the two fatal crashes worldwide was discontinued.
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