A Boeing 737 operated by Sriwijaya Air has gone lacking shortly after take-off from Indonesian capital Jakarta.
Greater than 50 persons are believed to have been on board the passenger airplane on the time of the incident.
The plane misplaced contact en path to Pontianak, positioned within the West Kalimantan province of the nation, officers mentioned.
Footage of what gave the impression to be plane particles appeared on TV and social media, whereas the transport ministry mentioned search and rescue efforts had been underneath means.
Final contact with the airplane, with the decision signal SJY182, was made at 14:40 native time (07:40 GMT).
The same old flight time to Pontianak, located on the west of the island of Borneo, is an hour-and-a-half.
In line with registration particulars, the airplane is a 26-year-old Boeing 737-500.
Sriwijaya Air, a neighborhood funds airline which flies to Indonesian and different south-east Asian locations, mentioned it was nonetheless gathering details about the flight.
The airplane just isn’t, nonetheless, a Boeing 737 Max, the mannequin concerned in two main crashes in recent times.
The primary of these, in 2018, concerned an Indonesian Lion Air flight which crashed into the ocean about 12 minutes after take-off from Jakarta killing 189 folks.
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