More than 60 people are feared dead after a 26.7 year old Boeing 737-500 (PK-CLC), flying from Jakarta to Pontianak as flight SJ182, Today disappeared from the radar screens at 14:40 local time shortly after taking off (which took place at 14:36 local time) and has been confirmed crashed into the Java sea in Indonesia.
According the Sriwijaya Airlines report there were 6 active crew members on flight SJ182 along with 40 adults, 7 children, 3 babies and 6 crew members as passengers.
The Indonesian Ministry of Transport confirmed that the aircraft has crashed and a search and rescue operation has been launched, coordinated by Basarnas. Debris and human remains have been found near Lancang Island.
Several photos with what looks like aircraft wiring and panels have surface on social media, but so far the authorities haven’t confirmed these come from the missing Boeing 737-500. Boeing also released a statement: “We are aware of media reports from Jakarta, and are closely monitoring the situation.
More details will be released later.