Indonesia Flight from Jakarta to Pontianak
A passenger airplane with 62 people on board has lost contact with air traffic control after taking off from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
The Sriwijaya Air flight, a Boeing 737-500, left Jakarta at 07:56 CET and lost contact at 08:26 during what should be a 90-minute flight to Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.
Authorities have begun search and rescue operations for the flight which had 56 passengers and six crew members.
The majority of the flight path is over the Java Sea, but there are no indications as to where the airplane might be, with night having fallen.
Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago with 260 million inhabitants, has suffered numerous transport-related accidents owing to overcrowding and insufficient infrastructure and security.