A passenger jet carrying 62 people went missing Saturday after departing from Indonesia’s capital.
Sriwijaya Air SJ182, a domestic flight, took off from Jakarta at approximately 1:56 p.m. local time, losing contact with air traffic controllers at 2:40 p.m., according to Indonesian Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati.
The flight reportedly disappeared from radar just four minutes after the pilot called in to ascend to an altitude of 29,000 feet.
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Search and rescue efforts are underway, Irawati said in a statement, and the ministry is working with assistance from the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee.
He also said that a dozen vessels — four of which are warships — have been deployed between Lancang and Laki islands to assist.
Sriwijaya Air reported that the Boeing 737-500 airliner had been scheduled for a 90-minute flight from Jakarta to Pontianak, the capital of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan.
There were 56 passengers and six crew members aboard and the aircraft-maker — which typically works with investigators in such cases — told Fox News on Saturday that it was gathering information on what happened.
“We are aware of media reports from Jakarta and are closely monitoring the situation,” the Chicago-based company said.
The Associated Press reported that metal objects believed to be parts of a plane were discovered Saturday afternoon in the Thousand Islands just north of Jakarta.
This is not the first time a Boeing 737 has disappeared after taking off from Jakarta.
In October 2018, a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board. That crash and another months later in Ethiopia led to the global grounding of the MAX, a new iteration of Boeing’s widely-flown single-aisle aircraft.
U.S. regulators only recently approved the aircraft’s return to commercial flight. The 737-500 is a much older version of the plane, introduced in the 1980s.
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Like Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air is one of Indonesia’s low-cost carriers, with flights both to domestic and international destinations.
Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.