Indonesian officials said the Boeing Company’s passenger plane crashed into the Java Sea on Saturday carrying 62 people.
Transport Ministry officials said Srivijay Air Jet lost contact with air traffic controllers and disappeared from the radar just minutes after taking off from the country’s capital, Jakarta. It was on a 90-minute route from Jakarta, the capital of West Kalimantan Province, on the island of Borneo, Indonesia, and went missing at 2:40 pm local time, said Adita Irawati, a ministry spokeswoman.
The aircraft involved was a 26-year-old Boeing 737-500, which, according to Threedora Erica, is a spokeswoman for Srivijay Air, an Indonesian carrier. According to aviation data provider FlightRadar 24, Srivijaya flight SJ 182 departed at 2:36 pm local time and climbed to a maximum altitude of 10,900 feet approximately four minutes later. Flightradar24 stated that the last data signal from the aircraft was at an altitude of 250 feet.
Boeing said in a statement on Saturday that it was aware of Jakarta’s reports and was closely monitoring the situation. CFM International, which built the engine of the jet, said it was providing technical assistance to the authorities and the airline. CFM is a joint venture between General Electric Company and Safran SA.
The Boeing aircraft is not the 737 Max, the newest version of the company’s single-isle jet family, which was grounded nearly two years ago after two fatal accidents.