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Indonesia’s transport minister has confirmed that a plane carrying 62 people has crashed into the sea.

Sriwijaya Air passenger jet crashed into Jakarta Bay near an island with 12 crew and 50 passengers. The plane was traveling from the capital of Jakarta to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province and lost contact with air traffic control shortly after taking off on Saturday. 

Transport minister Budi Karya Sumadi confirmed that the plane has indeed crashed into the sea and everyone onboard is missing at this time. 

Jakarta Search and Rescue announced on their Twitter account that searchers have found debris in Jakarta Bay but it has not been confirmed if it was from the plane. 

Videos appearing on social media show search and rescue officers holding up debris that was allegedly from the crash. 

Head of Indonesia’s search and rescue, Bagus Puruhito, said that teams are searching the waters north of Jakarta but the plane's radio beacon has not yet been detected in the area. 

Flight SJ 182 lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta”, reported Flightradar24

Sriwijaya Airplane at terminal before take off

According to Rear Admiral Abdul Rasyid, the Indonesian Navy has sent 5 battleships and diving specialists to the area to search for the missing plane. 

Sriwijaya Air released a statement saying that they are ‘gathering official information' and will issue a press release once its confirmed.  

The area where possible debris from the plane is know as the Thousands Islands. According to the New York Times, Indonesia has a poor aviation safety record with the rapid growth of budget airlines.

Sriwijaya Airplane at jakarta airport

Sriwijaya Air began operations in 2003 and has never had a fatal plane crash. 

This story is still developing. 

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