Busted!How Indonesia Plane Missed Shortly After Take-Off

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(Sundiata Post) – Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air lost contact one of its Boeing 737 passenger planes shortly after take-off the capital Jakarta, the ministry said Saturday.

“A Sriwijaya (Air) plane Jakarta Pontianak (on Borneo island) call sign SJY182 has lost contact,” said ministry spokesman Adita Irawati.

“It last made contact at 2:40 pm (0740 GMT).”

It was unclear how many passengers and crew were aboard the Boeing 737-500, which has a capacity of about 130, when it took off Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta international airport.

The usual flight is about 90-minutes.

The budget airline said only it was investigating the incident.

Indonesia’s search and rescue agency and the Commission were also investigating, Irawati said.

October 2018, 189 were killed when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet slammed into the Java Sea about 12 minutes after take-off from Jakarta on a routine one-hour flight.

That crash — and a subsequent fatal flight Ethiopia — saw Boeing hit $2.5 fines claims it defrauded regulators overseeing the 737 MAX model, which was grounded worldwide following the two deadly crashes.(AFP).