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62 feared dead in Indonesian plane crash

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Jakarta – A Boeing 737-500 owned by Sriwijaya Air was reported to have crashed into the sea minutes after take-off last week with 62 passengers.


The domestic flight had left the airport here shortly after lunchtime during a heavy downpour en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan, some 740 kilometers distant, when it disappeared from the radar screen.


Authorities said the jetliner, which did not have any foreign nationals aboard, crashed into the sea some 20 kilometers from the airport.


The ill-fated 26-year old Sriwijaya plane was much older than the controversial Boeing 737 MAX operated by Lion Air that crashed off Jakarta in 2018 killing all 189 passengers.


Sriwijaya Airlines representatives said their aircraft was in tiptop condition before lift-off.

Photo: Japan Times


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