Boeing 737 plane purportedly vanished over sea moments after takeoff


A Boeing 737 reportedly carrying more than 50 people has vanished just moments after takeoff.

The Sriwijaya Air flight was travelling from Jakarta to Pontianak in Indonesia when it fell 10,000ft just four minutes after departure.

Indonesian Transport Ministry spokespersonAdita Irawati, confirmed there has been a loss of contact with the Sriwijaya Air aircraft, CNBC Indonesia reports.

Adita told the broadcaster: “We are currently under investigation and coordinated with Basarnas and the National Transportation Accident Committee (KNKT).”

According to local news Berita Satu, debris ‘suspected’ to be from the aircraft has been pulled from the sea.

The site also reported there were 59 passengers on board – 53 adults, five children, and one baby.

Flightdar24 tweeted: “Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 lost more than 10.000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta.

“We are downloading and processing granular ADS-B data for flight #SJ182 We will publish the data in the next hours.”

LADbible has contacted Sriwijaya Air for a comment.