Sriwijaya Air plane loses contact after taking off from Jakarta
Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air lost contact with a plane that left Jakarta on Saturday.
This is according to Indonesia’s Head Of National Transportation Safety Committee, Suryanto Cahyono.
In a statement, Sriwijaya Air said that they were “in contact with various related parties to get more detailed information” regarding the incident and that they will “immediately issue an official statement” when more information was clear.
Plane tracking website FlightRadar24 tweeted that SJY 182 lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute and that the aircraft was about 26 years old.
There are no official confirmations of a crash yet, but The Regent of the Thousand Islands said he had information that “something fell and exploded on Male Island,” in comments to Indonesian newspaper Merdeka.
Previously, the Soekarno-Hatta Airport Branch Communications Manager Haerul Anwar said that the Sriwijaya Air plane had lost contact around Lancang Island â part of the Thousand Islands chain.
Unconfirmed images of small debris fished from the water were broadcast by local media.