Missing Sriwijaya Air plane with 62 people on board which lost contact after taking off from Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on a domestic flight today is suspected to have been found.
Rescuers said suspected debris has been found in the sea off the city. The missing Boeing 737-500 plane, en-route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan, disappeared from radar screens after taking off just after 2.30 p.m. (0730 GMT).
Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya told a news conference that 62 people were aboard the missing plane, including twelve (12) crew. Another official had said earlier that there were fifty-six (56) passengers and six (6) crew.
Bagus Puruhito, head of the country’s search and rescue agency Basarnas, said teams had been dispatched to search the waters north of Jakarta. No radio beacon signal has been detected, the agency said.
Agus Haryono, another official with the agency, told Reuters that debris suspected to be from the plane had been found in the sea, but it had not been confirmed that it came from the missing flight.