Indonesia's Minister of Transport says 65 people were on board Sriwijaya air flight SJ182 - UPDATED-1
- 09 January 2021
Indonesia's Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi on Saturday said that there were 65 people aboard the crashed Sriwijaya Air plane, APA report citing Sputnik.
According to the Detik news outlet, the Boeing 737-500 was carrying 53 passengers and 12 crew members in total when it took off from Jakarta.
Suspicious debris was found north of Jakarta, APA reports citing Sputnik.
A Boeing 737 operated by Sriwijaya Air took off from the Indonesian capital on Saturday before losing contact with air traffic control.
The Sriwijaya Air passenger plane descended more than 10,000 feet in less than a minute, according to the flight tracker website FlightRadar24, APA reports citing Sputnik.
There were 59 passengers on board.
The missing plane is a 'classic' Boeing 737-500 with the registration number PK-CLC (MSN 27323), which first took to the skies in May 1994.
Sriwijaya Air said that it was collecting more information regarding the flight before it could make any statement.
The passenger plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta Airport and was heading to Pontianak.