It was unclear what number of passengers and crew had been aboard the Boeing 737-500.
An Indonesian Sriwijaya Air aircraft is feared to have crashed into the ocean after the Boeing 737 misplaced contact with air site visitors management within the capital Jakarta, with flight monitoring knowledge displaying the jet plunged right into a steep dive simply 4 minutes after take-off.
It was unclear what number of passengers and crew had been aboard the Boeing 737-500, which has a capability of about 130, when it left Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta worldwide airport Saturday afternoon.
The ordinary flight time is about 90 minutes over the Java Sea between Java island and Kalimantan, Indonesia’s part of Borneo island.
Data from FlightRadar24 stated the aircraft reached an altitude of almost 11,000 ft (3,350 metres) earlier than dropping to 250 ft. It then misplaced contact with air site visitors management.
“Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta,” the monitoring company stated on its official Twitter account.
Broadcaster Kompas TV quoted native fishermen as saying that they had discovered particles close to islands off the coast of Jakarta, nevertheless it couldn’t be instantly confirmed as having belonged to the lacking jet.
Indonesia’s transport ministry stated it was probing the incident.
“A Sriwijaya (Air) plane from Jakarta to Pontianak (on Borneo island) with call sign SJY182 has lost contact,” stated ministry spokesman Adita Irawati.
“It last made contact at 2:40 pm (0740 GMT).”
The price range airline, which has about 19 Boeing jets that fly to locations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, stated solely it was investigating the lack of contact.
Indonesia’s search and rescue company and the National Transportation Safety Commission had been additionally investigating, Irawati stated.
In October 2018, 189 folks had been killed when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet slammed into the Java Sea about 12 minutes after take-off from Jakarta on a routine one-hour flight.
That crash — and a subsequent deadly flight in Ethiopia — noticed Boeing hit with $2.5 billion in fines over claims it defrauded regulators overseeing the 737 MAX mannequin, which was grounded worldwide following the 2 lethal crashes.