BREAKING | Anxiety in Indonesia as Passenger Plane Disappears, Moments after Take off

January 9, 2021
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*The ill-fated plane’s route. PHOTO: New York Times.

By ABC News’ Aicha El Hammar Castano contributed to this report.

“Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 lost more than 10.000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta,” Flightradar24 tweeted Saturday morning.

Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 lost more than 10.000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta. https://t.co/fNZqlIR2dz pic.twitter.com/MAVfbj73YN

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 9, 2021

They added that the flight was operated by a Boeing 737-500 “classic” with registration number PK-CLC (MSN 27323).

Flightradar24 said the plane took off at 07:36 UTC time and the ADS-B signal was lost minutes later, at at 07:40:27.

The flight was en route from Jakarta to Pontianak in Indonesia.

The highest altitude it reached was 10,900 feet and the last altitude recorded was 250 feet.

The Ministry of Transportation office in Jakarta confirmed to ABC News that the flight lost contact after departing from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.

A search for the plane is now starting and the situation is under investigation.

The first flight for this aircraft was in May 1994. It is 26 years old, Flightradar24 said.

This story is developing.

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