An Indonesian passenger plane carrying dozens of people has crashed into the ocean off Jakarta.
Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 lost contact with Indonesian Aviation authorities shortly after takeoff.
The plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Saturday afternoon. FlightRadar24 data showed the plane was a Boeing 737-500 series serving the Jakarta-Pontianak route.
Pontianak is a city on the island of Borneo, part of the Indonesian archipelago.
Human body parts and debris of the plane can be seen floating in the water.
Search and Rescue has sent a ship to the location where the plane is suspected to have crashed.
“Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 lost more than 10.000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta,”
“ADS-B signal from flight #SJ182 was lost at 07:40:27 UTC time. The flight was en route from Jakarta to Pontianak in Indonesia,” Flightradar24 reported.
The flight last made contact at 2:40 p.m. (0740 UTC)
It was carrying 59 passengers, including five children and a baby, reported Indonesian newspaper Republika.
There were two pilots and four cabin crew on board, reported Indonesia’s iNews.
The plane was a Boeing 737-500.
The 737 first flew in May 1994, according to Flightradar. It’s a much older model than the 737 Max model that was grounded for 20 months after two crashes, including a Lion Air disaster that killed 189 people in 2018.
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