There is palpable anxiety in Indonesia as a passenger plane with over 50 people on board went missing shortly after taking off from the country’s capital city, Jakarta.
According to BBC, officials said the Boeing 737 plane belonging to Sriwijaya Air contact en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province.
Legit.ng gathers that flight tracking website Flightradar24.com said the plane had lost more than 3,000m (10,000ft) in altitude in less than a minute.
Meanwhile, some residents of an island near where the plane disappeared said they had found objects they thought were from the plane.
Indonesia’s transport ministry said search and rescue efforts were underway.
In its own reaction, Sriwijaya Air said it was still gathering information about the flight.
BBC noted that the plane is not a 737 Max, the Boeing model involved in two major crashes in recent years.
The 2018 air crash: Boeing 737 Max 8
In October 2018, an Indonesian Lion Air flight plunged into the sea about 12 minutes after take-off from Jakarta, killing 189 people.
Investigation revealed that a day before the plane crashed, an off-duty pilot prevented the same plane from crashing after the crew lost control of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
The 2019 crash: Ethiopian Airlines plane crash