Search and rescue operation underway as Boeing plane carrying 64 people goes missing in Indonesia

Search and rescue operation underway as Boeing plane carrying 64 people goes missing in Indonesia

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Officials in Indonesia say a major search and rescue operation is underway, after a Boeing passenger airliner went missing shortly after take-off.

The Sriwijaya Air flight from Jakarta to Pontianak was carrying 56 passengers and six crew members.

The country’s Ministry of Transportation has confirmed the plane was a Boeing 737-500, which is not one of the infamous Max-series jets.

Local media are reporting fishermen have spotted metal objects, which are believed to be parts of an aircraft, though the origin of the debris has not been confirmed. The objects are being collected for further investigation.

Authorities say the domestic flight lost contact with air traffic controllers about an hour after it left the runway.

They say Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ-182 took off at 2:36 p.m. local time and disappeared from radar four minutes later.

As of Saturday afternoon (Eastern Time) about a dozen vessels, including four warships have been deployed in the country’s Thousand Islands.

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