Indonesia Plane Crash: 62 Passengers On Board Feared Crashed

Jakarta: A Sriwijaya Air plane with 62 people on board lost contact after taking off from Indonesia’s domestic flight on Saturday and rescuers said suspected debris had been found in the sea off the city.

The Boeing 737-500, 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 had been aboard, including 12 crew. Another official has said earlier there were 56 passengers and six crew.

Bagus Puruhito, head of the country’s search and rescue agency Barmas, said teams had been dispatched to search the waters north og Jakarta. No radio beacon saignal had be detected, the agency said.

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