Indonesia: Sriwijaya Air plane #SJ182 loses contact shortly after takeoff

Indonesia: Sriwijaya Air plane #SJ182 loses contact shortly after takeoff


Flight SJ182 disappeared from radars shortly after takeoff. The Boeing 737 plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute, reported flight tracker website FlightRadar24.

A Sriwijaya Air plane lost contact shortly after takeoff from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Saturday.

Flight tracking showed the flight path of flight SJ182 ending off the coast just north of Jakarta after losing altitude.

A Sriwijaya Air plane reportedly carrying more than 60 people lost contact after taking off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday.

The aircraft was en route to Pontianak on Borneo island from West Kalimantan province when it lost
contact, said Adita Irawati, a spokeswoman for the transport ministry.

Indonesia: Sriwijaya Air plane loses contact shortly after takeoff

Flight SJ182 disappeared from radars shortly after takeoff. The Boeing 737 plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute, reported flight tracker website FlightRadar24.

Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 takes of from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK)

A Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 has lost contact

A Sriwijaya Air plane lost contact shortly after takeoff from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Saturday.

Flight tracking showed the flight path of flight SJ182 ending off the coast just north of Jakarta after losing altitude.

What we know so far:

    The flight was carrying 59 passengers, including five children and a baby, reported Indonesian newspaper Republika.
    There were two pilots and four crabin crew on board, reported Indonesia's iNews.
    The plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta Airport.
    It was heading to Pontianak, the provincial capital of West Kalimantan.
    The plane was a Boeing 737-500.
    The plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute, reported flight tracker website FlightRadar24.

“It last made contact at 2:40pm [0740 GMT],” Irawati said.

The aircraft was carrying 56 passengers, including seven children, and six crew members, TV reported.

Reliable tracking service Flightradar24 said on its Twitter feed that Flight SJ182 “lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta”.

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

Has the plane crashed?

There are no official confirmations of a crash. 

The Regent of the Thousand Islands said he had information that "something fell and exploded on Male Island," in comments to Indonesian newspaper.

Previously, the Soekarno-Hatta Airport Branch Communications Manager Haerul Anwar said that the Sriwijaya Air plane had lost contact around Lancang Island — part of the Thousand Islands chain.

Unconfirmed images of small debris fished from the water were broadcast by local media.

Sriwijaya Air, a budget airline, said in a statement it is gathering more information on the flight before making a statement.