A Sriwijaya aeroplane with more than 50 people on board has lost contact after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, on Saturday en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province, say local media.

Metro TV said the plane was a Boeing B737-500.

Sriwijaya Air, an Indonesian airline, said in a statement it was gathering more detailed information about the flight before it could make any statement.

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

“It last made contact at 2:40pm (7:40am GMT).”

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

More to follow …



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