A Sriwijaya Air flight has been suspected to have crashed shortly after take-off from Jakarta on Saturday afternoon.
According to local Indonesian and international reports, Sriwijiaya Air flight SJ182 carrying a total of 62 persons – including 12 crew – lost contact with air traffic controllers after taking off from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta Airport. The flight departed Jakata at 2:36PM local time bound for Pontianak in Borneo.
Based on data from Flightradar24, the aircraft reached an altitude of around 10,900 feet before losing around the same altitude within a few minutes.
The aircraft involved in the incident is a Boeing 737-500 which has flown for over 26 years. According to Planespotters, the aircraft was first delivered and operated by the former Continental Airlines. It was then delivered to Sriwijaya Air in 2012.
Since the aircraft was reported missing, local reports have broadcast images and videos of suspected debris from the flight.
Founded in 2003, Sriwijaya Air is based at Jakarta and operates mostly domestic and regional flights. It operates a fleet of mostly Boeing 737 aircraft.