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Indonesia loses contact with the plane in the Java Sea



BANGKOK-The Indonesian Transport Ministry said on Saturday that it had lost contact with a passenger plane after taking off from the capital Jakarta and flying over the Java Sea.

The ministry said that the last contact with the aircraft was Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, which took place at 2:40 pm local time. The Boeing 737-524 flew to Pontianak City on the island of Borneo. More than 50 people are believed to be on board.

According to flight tracking service Flightradar24, four minutes after takeoff, the 26-year-old plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than 60 seconds.

Indonesia is a developing country with thousands of islands. For a long time, the aviation industry has been plagued by troubles due to a weak safety record and the rapid development of low-cost airlines.

After the stall system of the 737 passenger plane designed by Boeing failed, in 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 suddenly crashed into the Java Sea with 189 people on board.

Regarding Saturday’s flight, Sriwijaya Air said in a preliminary statement: “The management is still communicating and investigating the matter and will issue an official statement as soon as actual information is obtained.”

The country’s Aviation Safety Committee stated that it is currently on alert and the Minister of Transport is heading to Jakarta International Airport. The National Search and Rescue Agency of Indonesia said that the patrol boat was heading towards the water in northwest Jakarta, where the plane was last seen.

Ony Suryo Wibowo, an investigator at the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Commission, said: “As long as we hear such news, we are ready.” “We are collecting all the information we can get.”


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