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A plane with 62 people on board disappears in Indonesia


The Indonesian Ministry of Transport said the aircraft, a Boeing 737-500, lost contact with the control tower about 45 minutes after takeoff. The authorities have reported the discovery of possible remains in waters near the capital.

A Sriwijaya Air company passenger plane with 62 people on board lost contact with the control tower this Saturday after taking off from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, a country located on the Asian continent, according to authorities. 

Flight SJY 182, which was covering the route between Jakarta bound for Pontianak, took off around 1:56 p.m. local time and lost contact with the control tower at 2:40 p.m., according to Adita Irawat, a ministry spokesperson. of Transport of Indonesia.

The authorities have reported the discovery of possible remains in waters near the capital.

"The disappearance of the plane -

a 27-year-old Boeing 737-500 -

is under investigation

, in coordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee," Irawati said in a statement.

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The flight monitoring website confirmed that he lost 10,000 feet of elevation (about 3,000 meters) in one minute, four minutes after his departure.

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In October 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Lion Air sank in the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

Indonesian soldiers at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Indonesia, on Saturday, January 9, 2021.AP Photo / Tatan Syuflana

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The Lion Air accident was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people were killed on a Garuda airline flight near Medan on the island of Sumatra.

In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore sank into the sea, killing 162 people.

Sriwijaya Air is one of Indonesia's low-cost airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations.

With information from NBC News, AP, BBC, The Guardian.

Source: telemundo

All news articles on 2021-01-09

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