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Indonesian airliner carrying 62 goes missing on domestic flight

A passenger jet carrying 62 people has lost contact with air traffic controllers after taking off from Indonesia’s capital on a domestic flight. Indonesian Transportation Ministry spokeswoman Adita Irawati said the Boeing 737-500 operated by Sriwijaya Air took off from Jakarta at about 1.56pm and lost contact with the control tower at 2.40pm. “The missing plane is currently under investigation and under co-ordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee,” Ms Irawati said in a statement. A statement released by the airline said the plane was on a 90-minute flight from Jakarta to Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province on Borneo island. There were 56 passengers and six crew members on board.

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