Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi mentioned the flight was delayed for an hour earlier than it took off at 2:36 p.m. It disappeared from radar 4 minutes later, after the pilot contacted air visitors management to ascend to an altitude of 29,000 ft (8,839 meters), he mentioned.
There have been 62 individuals on board, all of them Indonesian nationals, together with three infants and 7 different youngsters. The aircraft was carrying 50 passengers, six working crew members and 6 different crew for an additional flight.
“Our ideas are with the crew, passengers, and their households,” Boeing mentioned in a press release. “We’re in touch with our airline buyer and stand able to assist them throughout this tough time.”
Authorities established two disaster facilities, one at Soekarno-Hatta Worldwide Airport, the place the aircraft departed from, and one at port. Households gathered to attend for information about their family members.
On social media, individuals started circulating the flight manifesto with pictures and movies of those that have been listed as passengers. One video reveals a girl along with her youngsters waving goodbye whereas strolling by the airport.
Sriwijaya Air president director Jefferson Irwin Jauwena mentioned the aircraft, which was 26 years previous and beforehand utilized by airways in the US, was airworthy. He advised reporters Saturday that the aircraft had beforehand flown to Pontianak and Pangkal Pinang metropolis on the identical day.