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Boeing 737 passenger jet sways over the sea after dropping 10,000 feet.


Boeing 737 jet with 50 passengers on board VANISHES and it is feared that it crashed after a 10,000 foot fall after taking off in Indonesia

  • The Sriwijaya Air plane took off from Jakarta and flew to Pontianak
  • According to local media reports, contact with the control room was lost after the launch
  • The aircraft is believed to have fallen 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds

A Boeing 737 passenger jet carrying 50 passengers disappeared over the sea after sinking 10,000 feet shortly after taking off from Jakarta.

The Sriwijaya Air 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 plane – believed to be a Boeing B737-500 – is said to have fallen 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds just four minutes after takeoff.

Rescuers looking for the jet believe they have found debris in the ocean north of the capital.

A Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 passenger jet (file photo of a similar aircraft) with 50 passengers disappeared over the sea after sinking 10,000 feet shortly after taking off from Jakarta

The Sriwijaya Air 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. Pictured: some debris from the plane found by the fisherman

The Sriwijaya Air 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. Pictured: some debris from the plane found by the fisherman

Indonesian airline Sriwijaya Air will receive more information before making a statement. Pictured: the trajectory of the missing jet before it disappeared over the ocean

Indonesian airline Sriwijaya Air will receive more information before making a statement. Pictured: the trajectory of the missing jet before it disappeared over the ocean

Indonesian airline Sriwijaya Air 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 plane - believed to be a Boeing B737-500 - is said to have fallen 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds just four minutes after takeoff. Pictured: fishermen discovered some debris from the plane

The plane – believed to be a Boeing B737-500 – is said to have fallen 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds just four minutes after takeoff. Pictured: fishermen discovered some debris from the plane

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 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 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 usual flight time is around 90 minutes.

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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