Contact lost with Sriwijaya Air plane after it took off from Jakarta: Indonesian transport ministry

JAKARTA: Contact with a Sriwijaya Air plane was lost after it took off from Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday (Jan 9) en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province. 

A spokesperson from the Indonesian transport ministry said the commercial flight took off at about 2.45pm WIB (4.35pm Singapore time) and was scheduled to land in Pontianak at 4.15pm. 

“The control tower’s last contact with the plane was at 3.40pm, before the contact was lost,” said the spokesperson in an exchange on WhatsApp. 

Sriwijaya Air said in a statement it was still gathering more detailed information regarding the flight before it can make any statement.

In a series of tweets, FlightRadar24 the Boeing 737-500 aircraft lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, just four minutes after departing from Jakarta.

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