Missing passenger plane of Indonesia crashes into the sea

International Desk, Barta24.com
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Indonesia's navy said a missing plane has crashed into sea. The country's navy said it had found the plane at the crash site. The plane went missing around 2.30pm on Saturday (January 9).

It is learned that there were 62 passengers and crew on board the Srivijaya Air.

A report by Reuters quoted the Indonesian Transport Minister as saying the plane had crashed into the sea.

The country's Transport Minister, Budi Kariya, was quoted by The Detic.com as saying it had crashed 12 miles from the airport.

According to a report by the news agency AFP, the model of this aircraft of Srivijaya Air is Boeing 737-500. It was en route from Jakarta to Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province.

Four minutes after taking off from the airport, it lost contact with the radar, the BBC reported.

Abdul Rasaid, an official of the Indonesian navy, said ships had been deployed in the area where the plane crashed.

Witness Salihin, a fisherman, said he heard the sound of the plane exploding. He even saw the plane crash. It sounds like lightning when it crashes.

"We found some wires, metal pipes and some pieces of jeans," said Zulfiqar, a member of the country's security forces.