Sriwijaya Air passenger flight SJ182 that took off from Jakarta airport "lost contact" with flight controllers, according to Iran Press reporter.

Iran PressAsia: The Sriwijaya Air passenger plane descended more than 10,000 feet in less than a minute, according to the flight tracker website FlightRadar24.

According to Indonesian newspaper Republika, there were 59 passengers on board.

The missing plane is a 'classic' Boeing 737-500 with the registration number PK-CLC (MSN 27323), which first took to the skies in May 1994.

The passenger plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta Airport and was heading to Pontianak.

Surachman, a local government official, told Kompas TV that fishermen found what appeared to be the wreckage of an aircraft in waters north of Jakarta and a search was underway. Other news channels showed images of suspected wreckage.

“We found some cables, a piece of jeans, and pieces of metal on the water,” Zulkifli, a security official, told

“The missing plane is currently under investigation and under coordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee,” Indonesian Transportation Ministry spokeswoman Adita Irawati said in a statement.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago nation with more than 260 million people, has been plagued by transportation accidents on land, sea, and air because of overcrowding on ferries, aging infrastructure, and poorly enforced safety standards.

A Boeing 737 MAX operated by the Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed off Jakarta in late 2018, killing all 189 passengers and crew. The plane that lost contact on Saturday is a much older model.

Sriwijaya Air said that it was collecting more information regarding the flight before it could make any statement.


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