Sriwijaya Air 737 missing after take-off in Indonesia

An Indonesian Boeing 737 with 62 people on board has gone missing after take-off from Jakarta.

The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500, PK-CLC (c/n 27323) took off from the capital at 7.36am UTC and is believed to have crashed into the Java Sea.

Seen here in 2017, the aircraft PK-CLC (c/n 27323), is a Boeing 737-500 series example. Flickr Commons/Ikko Haidar Farozy

A statement from the airline confirmed that contact was lost with the jet at 7.40am, just four minutes after take-off.

The operator - which was founded in 2003 and is the country's third-largest carrier - confirmed that there were 62 people on the flight which was being operated by six crew members. There were 56 passengers including 40 adults, seven children, three infants, and six crew members traveling as passengers. 

Source: Flightradar24

According to flight-tracking website Flightradar24, the jet lost more than 10,000ft of altitude in less than one minute, about four minutes after departure.

The flight – SJ182/SJY182 – was a connection between the Indonesian capital and Supadio International Airport near Pontianak.

Source: Flightradar24

The 27-year-old airframe has been in the carrier’s fleet since 2012 and previously saw service with Continental and United Airlines.

This is a developing story. Key.Aero has not independently verified the reports but will update the story as we get more information.