The authorities of Indonesia confirmed that the Boeing 737 crashed that had disappeared from the radar four minutes after taking off from Jakarta, the country’s capital, with 62 people on board.
The plane, a Boeing 737-500 of the company Sriwijaya Air, was destined for the Pontianak airport on the island of Borneo, located just over an hour’s flight from Jakarta. It carried 56 passengers and six crew members.
A spokesman for the Indonesian search and rescue agency said the Boeing crashed into the Java Sea. He added that remains of the device have already been found.
The specialized site Flightradar24 reported that the last contact with Boeing occurred at 2:40 p.m. local time (4:40 a.m. in Argentina), just four minutes later of departure from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.
Flightradar24 released a shocking fact: according to the flight tracking, the plane dropped almost 10,000 feet (just over 3,000 meters) in less than a minute. At that time he was over the sea.
“We found human remains, life jackets and other elements of the plane“said the captain of one of the Indonesian Coast Guard vessels deployed to locate the plane, in statements to a local television channel.
The site where contact was lost with the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 and its planned route from Jakarta to Pontianak. (Flightradar24 via AP)
The missing plane is a Boeing 737-500 more than 26.7 years old. Its first flight was on May 13, 1994 and before operating for the Indonesian Sriwijaya Air – which added it to its fleet in 2012 – it flew for two American companies.