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Search operation launched after Indonesian jet carrying more than 50 people loses contact

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  • The plane was travelling from Indonesian capital Jakarta to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province and lost contact shortly after taking off on Saturday.

Indonesia’s transport ministry has announced that a search and rescue investigation is under way after a Sriwijaya Air jet carrying more than 50 people on board lost contact with aviation authorities.

The plane was travelling from Indonesian capital Jakarta to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province and lost contact shortly after taking off on Saturday.

Sriwijaya Air said in a statement it is still gathering more detailed information regarding the flight before it can make any statement.

FlightRadar24 data indicates the plane is a Boeing 737-500 series.

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