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    Indonesia's Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 goes missing after takeoff from Jakarta

    MANILA, Philippines – A Sriwijaya Air plane with more than 60 people on board has lost contact after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, on Saturday, January 9, 2021, the country's Ministry of Communications confirmed to local media.

    Indonesia's Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182
    File photo via Business recorder

    The plane was en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province on Indonesia’s Borneo island, a 90-minute flight from Jakarta.

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    There were 56 passengers and six crew members on board, report from Aljazeera said.

    The Indonesian airline said in a statement it was gathering more detailed information about the flight before it could make any statement.

    “A Sriwijaya (Air) plane from Jakarta to Pontianak (on Borneo island) with call sign SJY182 has lost contact,” said Adita Irawati, a transport ministry spokesman.

    “It last made contact at 2:40pm (local time)."

    The aircraft is a 27-year-old Boeing 737-500, according to registration details included in the tracking data.

    Flightradar24, a Swedish internet-based service for real-time commercial aircraft flight tracking, said Flight SJ182 lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta.



    A local government official reported that fishermen found what appeared to be the wreckage of an aircraft in waters north of Jakarta. Search operations now underway.

    "We found some cables, a piece of jeans, and pieces of metal on the water," Zulkifli, a security official, told CNNIndonesia.com.

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