Fifty-six passengers and six crew members were on board.
Flightradar24,The 27-year-old plane that oversees air traffic wrote on its Twitter account that in less than a minute, about 4 minutes after it took off from Jakarta, it had lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in The Thousand Islands, a chain of islands north of Jakarta, local media reported they discovered metal objects that appeared to be parts of an airplane.
The Indonesian media also broadcast footage of distraught friends and families of passengers who gathered in Jakarta and Pontianakon airports, crying and praying.
A Boeing statement said that “media reports from Jakarta are known and the situation is being closely monitored. We are working on collecting more information. “
At the end of 2018, a Boeing 737 Max operated by the Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed, killing all 189 passengers and crew members.
The 737 Max was grounded worldwide after a crash in Ethiopia five months later due to a design flaw in the flight control system. Investigators later found that a software bug and other issues had been overlooked or minimized by the company’s engineers.
In 2014, an AirAsia plane crashed into the sea on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, killing 162 people.
Lori Aratani from Washington contributed to this report.