New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Sriwijaya Air flight 182, which lost contact with Indonesian aviation authorities minutes after taking off from Jakarta on Saturday, is feared to have crashed into the sea north of the capital city. The plane, en route to Pontianak, had 50 passengers and 12 crew members on board, Reuters reported. 

Quoting an official of the Basarnas search and rescue agency, the agency had earlier reported that rescuers have found suspected debris in water north of Jakarta. It is not, however, confirmed that the debris came from the missing airline.

Flight tracker website flight radar 24 has reported that Sriwijaya Air flight #S1182 lost more than 10,000 feat of altitide in less than a minute, just four minutes after the departure from Jakarta. 

In a following tweet, the flight tracker said the airplane was a Boeing 737-500 "classic" with registeration number PK-CLC (MSN 27323). The ADS-B signal from the flight was lost at 7:40 am (UTC).

The airlines has said it is gathering more information about the flight before making an official statement. A Boeing spokesperson said they are closely monitoring and situation and working to gather more information. 

Indonesia's Transport Ministry has said it was probing the incident, news agency AFP reported. Indonesia's search and rescue agency and National transportation Safety Commission are investigating thr matter.   

This is a developing story. Further details in this regard are awaited. 

Sriwijaya Air group was founded in 2003 and has a solid safety record until now, with no onboard casualties in four incidents recorded on the Aviation Safety Network database. However, back in 2008, a farmer was killed when a Boeing 737-200 left the runway following a hydraulic problem. 

Posted By: Lakshay Raja