Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 passenger plane crashed in Indonesia

Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 passenger plane crashed in Indonesia
Relatives at the aircraft's intended destination are waiting anxiously for news. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: A Sriwijaya Air jet carrying 62 people is believed to have crashed into the sea shortly after take-off from Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.

The Boeing 737 passenger plane lost contact with air traffic controllers minutes after taking off on a domestic flight on Saturday, and officials said debris found by fishermen was being examined to see if it was from the missing plane.

According to flight-tracking website Flightradar24.com, the Sriwijaya Air plane is thought to have dropped more than 3,000m (10,000ft) in less than a minute.

Witnesses said they had heard and seen at least one explosion.

Fisherman Solihin said he had witnessed a crash and his captain decided to return to land.

He said: “The plane fell like lightning into the sea and exploded in the water.”

“It was pretty close to us, the shards of a kind of plywood almost hit my ship.”

A number of residents of an island near where the plane disappeared said that they had found objects they thought were from the plane.

The transport ministry of Indonesia said search and rescue efforts were underway.

The Indonesian navy has been deployed to look for the plane. Navy official Abdul Rasyid said it had determined the plane’s coordinates and ships had been deployed to the location.

The aircraft is not a Boeing 737 Max, the model that was grounded from March 2019 until last December following two deadly crashes.

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