Indonesia (SunstarTV Bureau): A passenger plane with total of 56 passengers and six crew members onboard has gone missing shortly after takeoff from the Indonesian capital Jakarta today.
After the fatality, Indonesian authorities have launched a search and rescue operation to confirm the location of a Boeing 737-500 ‘classic’ which was headed from Jakarta to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province.
Reportedly, the flight had lost more than 3,000m (10,000ft) in altitude in less than a minute.
However, a number of residents of Lancang Island, near where the plane disappeared, claimed that they had found objects they thought were from the plane.
“The missing plane is currently under investigation and under coordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee,” informed Indonesian Transport minister.