Flight control lost contact with the Sriwijaya Airplane today shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta. The plane allegedly crashed into the ocean after it quickly lost altitude, writes “Daily Star”.
It took off from Jakarta at 7:40 a.m., and flight control lost contact with the plane four minutes later. There were 62 people on the plane – 56 passengers, including seven children, and six crew members, Metro TV reported.
Fisherman Solihin told the Indonesian branch of the BBC that the plane crashed near his boat.
- The plane landed in the sea like lightning and exploded. It happened quite close to us, the debris almost hit my ship – he added.
Pesawat Sriwijaya Air dengan nomor penerbangan SJ-182 dilaporkan jatuh di perairan Kepulauan Seribu pada Sabtu (9/1). Warga Pulau Lancang lantas melakukan penyisiran di dekat lokasi menggunakan tiga kapal. Berikut video selengkapnya: https://t.co/0MOr2I6seY #CNNIndonesia pic.twitter.com/nDdzLVgXCs
— CNN Indonesia (@CNNIndonesia) January 9, 2021
The head of the Indonesian administrative unit, Kepulauan Seribu, said residents of the area saw the plane crash near the uninhabited island of Laki.
Residents of Lancang Island found debris near the site where the plane allegedly crashed, CNN Indonesia reports.
“We found cables, some jeans, and pieces of metal in the water,” security officer Zulkifli told CNN.