Indonesia jet carrying 62 goes missing on domestic flight

Posted at 6:49 AM, Jan 09, 2021

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Sriwijaya Air passenger jet carrying 62 people has lost contact with air traffic controllers after taking off from Indonesia’s capital on a domestic flight.

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi says Flight SJ182 was delayed for an hour before it took off at 2:36 p.m. Saturday.

The Boeing 737-500 disappeared from radar four minutes later, after the pilot contacted air traffic control to ascend to an altitude of 29,000 feet.

The airline said the plane was on an estimated 90-minute flight from Jakarta to Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province on Indonesia’s Borneo island. There were 56 passengers and six crew members on board.