Indonesian authorities started their search in a single day for the wreckage of a Boeing 737-500 passenger jet carrying 62 those who plunged sharply, then crashed into the ocean shortly after taking off in Jakarta on Saturday afternoon.

About 10 navy ships with divers have been deployed to an space of the Thousand Islands within the waters simply north-west of the capital, the place officers mentioned they believed Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 crashed.

Indonesia’s nationwide search and rescue company started the seek for wreckage on Saturday night. It mentioned that it had collected items it thought got here from the plane on the location, however struggled with poor visibility earlier than resuming the search on Sunday. 

In accordance with the flight monitoring group Flightradar24, the airplane misplaced greater than 10,000 toes (3,048 meters) of altitude in lower than a minute, about 4 minutes after it took off in Jakarta on Saturday. 

Flight SJ-182 was heading to Pontianak, the capital of Jakarta’s West Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo, when it took off at 2:36pm, then disappeared from radar at about 2:40pm native time.

The plane, which was 26 years previous, didn’t ship a misery sign, air marshal Bagus Puruhito, the pinnacle of Indonesia’s nationwide search and rescue company instructed native media. 

Monitoring knowledge exhibits the trail of the lacking jet earlier than contact was misplaced © AP

Fishermen within the space on the time of the crash told the Related Press they heard an explosion at round 2:30pm. 

Police arrange a catastrophe sufferer identification command put up at a police hospital in East Jakarta to establish victims of the crash, Indonesia’s Antara information company reported on Sunday. 

The Boeing airplane was a a lot older mannequin than the 737 MAX concerned in Indonesia’s Lion Air crash in 2018 that killed 189 folks and the Ethiopian Airways crash in 2019 that killed 157. 

“We’re conscious of media studies from Jakarta relating to Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182,” Boeing mentioned in a press release on Saturday. “Our ideas are with the crew, passengers, and their households. We’re involved with our airline buyer and stand able to assist them throughout this troublesome time.”