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Indonesia plane feared to have crashed as ‘first images of rescue operation’ emerge

Indonesia: Sriwijaya Air plane loses contact during flight

Footage has emerged showing rescue workers pulling debris from the water after contact with an Indonesian passenger plane was lost. The domestic Sriwijaya Air flight SJY 182 plunged more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, according to flight radar data. There are growing fears for the passengers and crew aboard the domestic flight as a desperate search for survivors gets underway.

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Footage from local TV broadcasts and on social media shows rescue workers pulling debris from the water during the search operation in the Java Sea.

It has yet to be confirmed whether the debris is part of the plane. 

Indonesia’s transport ministry confirmed that a search and rescue investigation was under way after contact was lost with the Sriwijaya Air flight SJY 182 from Jakarta to Pontianak.

The dramatic plunge in altitude took place just four minutes after departure from the Jakarta airport. 

The scheduled 452-mile flight departed from Jakarta airport at 2.37pm local time (7.37am GMT).

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