A plane of Indonesian company Sriwijaya Air with dozens of passengers crashed into the water near Jakarta

A plane of Indonesian company Sriwijaya Air with dozens of passengers crashed into the water near Jakarta

A passenger plane of the Indonesian company Sriwijaya Air, with 59 people on board, including six children, crashed into the Javanese near the island of Laki, near Jakarta. Wreckage of the airliner and body parts were found, Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the captain of the Coast Guard ship.

Earlier, Indonesian aviation authorities lost contact with a Boeing 737-500 that flew from the capital Jakarta to Pontianak on the island of Kalimantan. The Ministry of Transportation said it had launched a search and rescue operation.

According to Flightradar24, before dispatchers lost contact with the plane, it descended to more than three thousand meters in less than a minute. This happened four minutes after the airliner took off from Jakarta.

Video footage of eyewitnesses to the alleged crash is circulating on social networks. They said they heard a series of explosions.

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