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Boeing 737-50 gone missing in Indonesia

A passenger airplane has gone missing in Indonesia and search and rescue teams said they found some of the debris.

“Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 lost more than 10.000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta,” Flightradar24 tweeted Saturday morning.

Flightradar24 said the flight was operated by a Boeing 737-500 “classic” with registration number PK-CLC (MSN 27323).

The plane took off at 07:36 UTC time and the ADS-B signal was lost minutes later, at at 07:40:27. It was en route from Jakarta to Pontianak in Indonesia.

It is confirmed that 62 people were on board: 56 passengers and six crew members.

The highest altitude it reached was 10,900 feet and the last altitude recorded was 250 feet.

Search and rescue teams were on the ground searching during the night. Officials said they expected the plane to be around Thousand Islands, an island chain located north of Jakarta’s coasts.

Tendai Guvamombe