Indonesia passenger plane missing after take-off

Published : 09 Jan 2021, 18:16


Shortly after take-off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, a passenger plane with more than 50 people on board went missing.

Officials said the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 lost contact en route to Pontianak in the province of West Kalimantan.

Flight monitoring website announced that in less than a minute, the aircraft had lost more than 3,000m (10,000ft) in altitude.

The Ministry of Transportation said that search and rescue operations were underway.

A local airline, Sriwijaya Air, said it was still collecting details about the flight.

The aircraft is not a 737 Max, the Boeing model which in recent years has been involved in two major crashes.

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