Indonesian plane crashes after take-off with 62 aboard
JAKARTA: A Sriwijaya Air plane crashed into the sea on Saturday minutes after taking off from Indonesia's capital Jakarta on a domestic flight with 62 people on board, and their fate was not known.
The Boeing 737-500, en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan, disappeared from radar screens after taking off just after 2.30pm (0730 GMT) - 30 minutes after the scheduled time because of heavy rain.
Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya told a news conference that 62 people had been aboard Flight SJ 182, including 12 crew. The detik.com website quoted him as saying the plane crashed near Laki Island, some 20 km (12 miles) from the airport.
印尼交通部长Budi Karya在新闻发布会上表示，该航班SJ 182上共有62人，包括12名机组人员。detik.com网站援引其话称，飞机在距离机场约20公里(12英里)的拉基岛附近坠毁。
Rescue agency Basarnas said in a statement it would send a team to the Thousand Islands area to help in the search for victims "after the crash of Sriwijaya Air SJ 182".
All those on board were Indonesian, Indonesia's transport safety committee said.
Indonesia's Navy had pointed the site of the missing aircraft and ships had been sent there, a Navy official said. Authorities did not say whether they believed there were survivors.
Indonesian airline Sriwijaya Air's chief executive, Jefferson Irwin Jauwena, told a news conference that the plane had been in good condition before the flight.
印尼斯利维加雅航空公司首席执行官Jefferson Irwin Jauwena在新闻发布会上表示，飞机起飞前状况良好。
The nearly 27-year-old Boeing 737-500 was much older than Boeing's problem-plagued 737 MAX model, one of which crashed off Jakarta in late 2018, killing all 189 people aboard the Lion Air flight.
这架波音737-500已有近27个年头，比波音公司饱受问题困扰的737 MAX机型要老得多。2018年底，狮航的一架737 MAX机型在雅加达附近坠毁，导致机上189人全部遇难。
A Boeing spokeswoman said, "We are aware of media reports from Jakarta, and are closely monitoring the situation. We are working to gather more information".
Air travel is becoming very very dangerous!
OMG 27 year old plane is still operational. it shud hve been in a scrap yard.
MH 370 is still not forgotten
Our prayers with them. Hope they are safe...
Why does it happen only to Indonesian planes. Looks some thing fishy as this is not the first time this is happening
Prayers and prayers..May God be mercy this year.
God save the passenger.
Car to be scraped after 10 to 15 years. Aeroplane fit after 27 years
Miracle things of 2020 are still continuing in 2021 right with new incidences like bird flue, trump riot and now, this plane crash.
once it disappears from atc....it's crashed,......not feared crashed.,....
27 year old plane? And still operational?
Hope all miraculously survived ... god help them
A sad news......
It is Nehru's fault.
Year 2021's first plane crash. Sad.
Hope, many are alive and possibly survive them. God bless them.
Prayers for the families who've lost there dear ones
No company is interested in doing regular maintenence.. they just want blood money
Very tragic incident. The basics of safety is important. Even one slip leads to fatal accidents, no chance of survival
I will not be surprised if Pappu blame our PM for this tragedy.