A Boeing 737-500 flown by Indonesian airline company Sriwijaya Air lost contact with air traffic control just after it had removed from Jakarta, according to reports.
The aircraft plunged 10,000 feet in less than a minute as it flew over the Java Sea, minutes after liftoff from Soekarno– Hatta International Airport, according to tracking website Flight24, which followed its flight path to just off the coast north of the capital.
Flight SJ182 was heading to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province and lost contact at 2.40 p.m regional time on Saturday.
Director General of Air Transport of the Ministry of Transportation, Novie Riyanto, stated that occurrence “is under examination” and was being collaborated with Indonesia’s National Browse and Rescue Agency and the National Transport Safety Committee, Republika reported.
The news outlet stated at least 59 individuals were onboard, including five kids and a baby.
Pictures, which have not been verified by Newsweek, on social media claimed to show that the aircraft had landed in the sea. Local media broadcast unconfirmed images of little particles being fished out from the water, although the airline company, which Newsweek has actually gotten in touch with for comment, has actually not yet made any statement.
This is a developing story and will be upgraded when more details is available.