Indonesian plane goes missing | Sunday Observer

Indonesian plane goes missing

10 January, 2021

JAKARTA, Jan. 9 (BBC) - A passenger plane with more than 50 people on board has gone missing shortly after take-off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 lost contact en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province, officials said. Flight tracking website said the aircraft had lost more than 3,000m (10,000 ft) in altitude in less than a minute. The transport ministry said search and rescue efforts were under way.

It said last contact with the plane, with the call sign SJY182, was made at 14:40 local time (07:40 GMT). According to registration details, the plane is a 27-year-old Boeing 737-500. Sriwijaya Air, a local carrier, said it was still gathering information about the flight.

The plane is not a 737 Max, the Boeing model involved in two major crashes in recent years.