Jakarta, Jan 9 (AFP/APP): An Indonesian budget airline plane with 62 people on board is suspected to have crashed into the sea shortly after the Boeing passenger jet took off from Jakarta airport on Saturday, authorities said.
Flight tracking data showed the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plunged into a steep dive about four minutes after it left Soekarno-Hatta international airport. Sixty-two passengers and crew were on board, including 10 children, the nation’s transport minister, Budi Karya Sumadi, told reporters.
The suspected crash site is near tourist islands just off the coast of Indonesia’s sprawling capital. Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 was bound for Pontianak on Indonesia’s section of Borneo island, about 90 minutes flying time over the Java Sea.
Distraught relatives waited nervously for news at the city’s airport. “I have four family members on the flight — my wife and three children,” Yaman Zai said as he sobbed. “(My wife) sent me a picture of the baby today…How could my heart not be torn into pieces?”
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