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JUST IN: Passenger plane vanishes over sea after ‘falling 10,000ft minutes after takeoff’

A passenger plane has vanished while flying over the sea after reportedly ‘falling 10,000ft’ minutes after taking off. 

Indonesia’s transport ministry says a search and rescue investigation is underway after contact was lost with Sriwijaya Air flight SJY 182 from Jakarta to Pontianak. 

Sriwijaya Air said it is still gathering more detailed information regarding the flight before it can make any statement. 

The plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute, according to the flight tracker website FlightRadar24. it said the crash happened just four minutes after takeoff. 

The plane was a Boeing B737-500 which had about 50 passengers on board, local media reports.

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