Indonesia’s transport ministry is making efforts to find and rescue passengers aboard a plane that has gone missing
The plane with more than 50 people took off from the country’s capital, Jakarta, but went missing shortly after
Residents of the island where the plane is suspected to have disappeared said they found objects which could be from the aircraft
There is palpable anxiety in Indonesia as a passenger plane with over 50 people on board went missing shortly after taking off from the country’s capital city, Jakarta.
According to BBC, officials said the Boeing 737 plane belonging to Sriwijaya Air contact en route to Pontianak.
Meanwhile, some residents of an island near where the plane disappeared said they had found objects they believed were from it.
Indonesia’s transport ministry said search and rescue efforts were ongoing at the time this report was filed.
In its own reaction, Sriwijaya Air said it was still gathering information about the flight.
BBC noted that the plane is not a 737 Max, the Boeing model which was involved in two major crashes in 2018 and 2019.
The 2018 air crash: Boeing 737 Max 8
In October 2018, an Indonesian Lion Air plane crashed into the sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta, killing 189 people.
Investigation revealed that a day before the plane crashed, an off-duty pilot prevented the same plane from crashing after the crew lost control of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
The 2019 crash: Ethiopian Airlines plane crash
In 2019, Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft belonging to Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed in the early hours of Sunday, March 10.
Pius Adesanmi, a popular Nigerian professor and columnist based in Canada, was reportedly on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed in the early hours of Sunday, March 10.
Pius Adesanmi, popular Nigerian professor and columnist based in Canada, was one of those who died in the crash.
Reactions flood social media
Surya Atmaja commented on Facebook:
“No more old plane…hope airline company not just thinking about profit only but safety first…so saddd..”
Made Wira Sanjaya said:
“C’mon…27 years in operation…???should be 20 years max…mmaann…they think people life its doesnt matter…lack of integrity.!”
Kieran Kelly said:
“God bless them all, we only few back from Bali to Jakarta last night. The thoughts of all the souls lost is heartbreaking”
Bashir Yahaya Salisu said:
“What a sad story, May Allah(SWT) rescue them in good condition.”
Nassi, @MrsFelders, said on Twitter:
“Why are Boeing 737 planes still allied to fly? How many lives need to be lost before we realise how dangerous these planes are. Thoughts with the family”
Also, @HPDeskJet2755 commented:
“Worth noting it’s not a MAX so an unrelated issue to previous two crashes.”
Linda, @lindaland2, said:
“I’m just going to put this out there, but I would never take any flight out of Indonesia. I’ll take a boat to any other country and then fly from there.
“Nope, not going to Indonesia, ever.”
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