Indonesia loses contact with plane over Java Sea
The plane was carrying around 50 passengers.
Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry said on Saturday that it had lost contact with a passenger jet after it flew over the Java Sea.
The plane was flying from the capital Jakarta to Pontianak City in West Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo.
The plane was last in contact at 2.40pm local time, or around 7.40am Irish time.
Sriwijaya Air, an Indonesian airline, said in a statement it was gathering more information before it would make a statement on the matter.
“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.
Irawati said Indonesia’s search and rescue agency and the National Transportation Safety Commission were investigating.
More to follow.