UPDATE 16.25 Search crews found in the waters north of Jakarta what appeared to be the aircraft’s remains. Images of such objects are distributed online.
UPDATE 13.20 The Indonesian Ministry of Transport has confirmed that it has launched search and rescue operations after losing contact with the pilots of the 27-year-old Boeing B737-500. There were 56 passengers on board the plane (46 adults, 7 children, 3 babies), 2 pilots and 4 crew members. Images broadcast by local Metro TV show people appearing to pick up scraps of clothing from the sea.
Flight SJ182 disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff, Deutsche Welle writes. Metro TV reported that it was a Boeing B737-500.
The plane lost more than 3,000 meters in less than a minute, according to FlightRadar24.
The aircraft had left for Pontianak, in the western region of Kalimantan.
Sriwijaya Air said in a press release that it was still gathering information about the flight, before making further statements.
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