“A Sriwijaya Air plane connecting Jakarta to Pontianak” on the island of Borneo “lost contact” shortly after 2:40 pm local time (7:40 GMT), Transport Ministry spokesman Adita Irawati told AFP.
The flight from Jakarta Soekarno-Hata International Airport normally takes 90 minutes to reach Pontianak but disappeared from radar a few minutes after take-off as it flew over the Java Sea.
The low-cost company said it was investigating, as well as rescue. The first debris of the device was found by fishermen in Jakarta Bay.
In October 2018, 189 people died in a Boeing 737 MAX crash that crashed into the Java Sea some 12 minutes after takeoff.
This accident and another involving the same model in Ethiopia have been blamed on technical flaws and the US aircraft manufacturer was fined $ 2.5 billion this week for misleading authorities in the process. device approval.