BANGKOK — Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry stated on Saturday that it had misplaced contact with a passenger jet after it took off from the capital, Jakarta, and flew over the Java Sea.
The ministry stated that the final contact with the airplane, Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, was made at 2:40 p.m. native time. The Boeing 737-524 was sure for town of Pontianak on the island of Borneo. No info was instantly obtainable in regards to the variety of folks aboard.
Simply minutes after taking off, the 26-year-old airplane misplaced greater than 10,000 ft of altitude in lower than 60 seconds, in response to Flightradar24, the flight-tracking service.
The aviation sector in Indonesia, a growing nation of hundreds of islands, has lengthy been suffering from bother, contending with poor security data and the fast progress of price range airways.
In 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 plunged into the Java Sea with 189 folks aboard after the 737 jetliner’s antistall system, designed by Boeing, malfunctioned.
Relating to the flight on Saturday, Sriwijaya Air stated in a preliminary assertion that “administration remains to be speaking and investigating this matter and can instantly difficulty an official assertion after acquiring the precise info.”
“Every time we hear this sort of information, we prepare,” Ony Suryo Wibowo, an investigator for the Indonesian Nationwide Transportation Security Committee, stated on Saturday. “We’re gathering all the knowledge we will get.”