The Indonesian company Sriwijawa Air lost contact with a Boeing 737 shortly after takeoff from the capital Jakarta on Saturday, January 9, the transport ministry said without specifying the number of passengers on board immediately.

"A Sriwijaya Air aircraft connecting Jakarta to Pontianak" on the island of Borneo "lost contact" shortly after 2:40 p.m. local time (7:40 a.m. GMT), Transport Ministry spokesman Adita Irawati told the 'AFP.

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The flight from Jakarta Soekarno-Hata International Airport normally takes 90 minutes to reach Pontianak but disappeared from the radar a few minutes after take-off as it flew over the Java Sea.

Crash of a Boeing 737 Max in 2018

The low-cost company said it was investigating.

In October 2018, 189 people died in a Boeing 737 MAX crash that crashed into the Java Sea around 12 minutes after takeoff.

This crash and another involving the same model in Ethiopia were blamed on technical flaws, and the US aircraft maker was fined $ 2.5 billion this week for misleading authorities in the process. device approval.

With AFP

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