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Indonesia plane missing: Boeing lost contact after dropping ‘more than 10,000ft in less than a minute’

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A search and rescue operation is under way in Indonesia after contact was lost with a Boeing 737-500 plane on a local flight.

An Indonesian Transport Ministry spokesman said the Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182 was flying from the capital Jakarta to Pontianak City in West Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo. The last contact was at 2.40pm local time (7.40am in the UK), it said.

Tracking service Flightradar24 said on Twitter that the flight “lost more than 10,000ft (3,000m) of altitude in less than one minute” about four minutes after departure.

The Indonesian Navy has determined the plane’s co-ordinates and ships have been deployed to the location, Navy official Abdul Rasyid said.

Suspected debris has been located in waters north of Jakarta, an official from the Basarnas rescue agency told the Reuters news agency, although it has not been confirmed that it is from the missing plane. Fishermen spotted metal objects believed to be parts of an aircraft in the Thousand Islands, a chain of islands north of Jakarta, on Saturday afternoon.

Friends and relatives of people on the flight have been seen in television footage praying and hugging each other as they wait for news at the airports in Jakarta and Pontianak airport.

Some 62 people were on board, including crew. Ten of the passengers were children, the rescue agency said.

In its latest statement, the airline said it was still gathering information on the incident.

“Sriwijaya Air is still in contact with various related parties to get more detailed information regarding the SJ-182 flight from Jakarta to Pontianak,” the company said.

“Management is still communicating and investigating this matter and will immediately issue an official statement after obtaining the actual information.”

Indonesian Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati said: “The missing plane is currently under investigation and under co-ordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee.”

A spokeswoman for Boeing said: “We are aware of media reports from Jakarta, and are closely monitoring the situation. We are working to gather more information.”

A plane flying from Jakarta to Pontianak would spend most of the 90-minute flight over the Java Sea. Sriwijaya Air is one of Indonesia’s discount carriers, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations.

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago nation, with more than 260 million people.

The missing plane is not a Boeing 737 Max, the model involved in two major accidents in recent years – the first of which involved a crash in Indonesia.

The Lion Air 737 MAX, carrying 189 passengers and crew, crashed into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta in October 2018, killing everyone on board.

It was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people were killed on a Garuda flight near Medan on Sumatra island.

And in December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore crashed into the sea, killing 162 people.

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2 killed when small plane crashes northeast of Houston, Texas, USA

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Officials say two persons were killed in the crash of a small plane Sunday morning north of Houston.

The crash happened about 8:30 a.m. Sunday in a residential neighborhood in Woodbranch, 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Houston.

The Federal Aviation Administration reports the single-engine Grumman American AA-5A crashed under unknown circumstances while en route to an airport almost 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of the crash site.

Sgt. Erik Burse the Texas Department of Public Safety reported the plane crashed into a stand of trees away from any homes in the neighborhood, killing the two. Identities haven’t been released.

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Plane crash kills two people in Terrebonne Parish Louisiana, USA

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Two people were killed when their small aircraft crashed near Lake Hatch just eight miles southwest of Houma, Louisiana.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said it happened around noon on Friday.

Sheriff Timothy Soignet said in a release, that Terrebonne Parish Water Patrol agents along with agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Dularge Fire Department were dispatched to search for the downed aircraft. The Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and Detective Bureau also responded to the search using airboats.

The plane was located using coordinates given to dispatchers before the plane went down. The identity of the two people killed in the crash has not be released.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are also investigating what led to the plane crash.

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Plane crash injures two in Stone County, Missouri, USA

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Stone County authorities are investigating the cause of a fiery plane crash in Stone County Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened near the Kimberling airport in Kimberling City.

Two people were on board the plane and suffered minor burns. Their injuries are not life-threatening.

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Plane Crash Kills One And Seriously Injures Young German Man On Spain’s Costa Del Sol

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A 26 year old man was piloting an aircraft when the accident occurred.

A passenger, a 26 year old German man, is in a serious condition after being cut out of the aircraft by firefighters.

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‘Five people killed’ in mid-air crash involving two planes in Loches, Indre-et-Loire France

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Five people have died after two tourist aircraft collided in mid-air in France on Saturday afternoon.

A ULM (ultralight two-person plane) crashed into a tourist plane in Loches, Indre-et-Loire at around 4.45pm local time.

Reports claim the two people in the ULM and three passengers in the tourist plane have died.

The tourist plane had taken off from the city of Poitiers, located about 100km from Loches.

The flightpath of the ULM remains unknown at this time.

The fatal collision happened in the air over the entrance to the small city, on the Châteauroux side.

According to Nadia Seghier, the secretary general of the prefecture of Indre-et-Loire, the small ULM fell near the city centre, “on the fence of a house in Loches, France Bleu reports.

The tourist plane, a DA40 type aircraft, crashed “several hundred meters away in an uninhabited area”, not far from the water tower.

No one on the ground were injured.

About fifty firefighters and thirty gendarmes were scrambled to the scene, as well as a number of aviation specialists.

Photos show emergency vehicles and other cars backed up on a road while a perimeter has been set up by police to keep other motorists and pedestrians away.

Nadia Seghier, secretary general of the prefecture of Indre-et-Loire, told French media that the two aircraft landed some distance from one another.

“A small ULM carrying two people and a DA40-type tourist plane carrying three people telescoped around 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm, the first landing on the fence of a house in Loches, without causing any additional victims, the second at several hundred metres in an uninhabited area,” she told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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2 killed as small plane crashes in Los Angeles parking lot #PlaneCrash #LosAngeles #USA

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A small plane crashed and burned in a parking lot near Van Nuys Airport on Friday, killing two people aboard while barely missing parked cars in a narrow space between industrial buildings.

The plane went down shortly after 3 p.m. on Hayvenhurst Avenue just west of the airport, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

It didn’t hit any buildings, the department said. Nobody on the ground was hurt but the plane damaged three cars.

The crash site is just off of a runway.

Televised news reports showed firefighters hosing down the blackened wreckage in the middle of the lot, between some parked cars only feet away. One piece of wreckage appeared to have landed in the back of a pickup truck.

The single-engine Navion B had left Van Nuys Airport and was heading to Santa Ynez Airport in Santa Barbara County when it went down, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Santa Ynez is next to the Chumash Casino Resort, about 100 miles from Van Nuys.

There was no immediate word on what caused the crash.

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Small plane crashes near Tennessee airport; 2 dead, 1 hurt #PlaneCrash #Tennessee #USA

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Officials say a small plane has crashed near a Tennessee airport, killing two people and seriously injuring another. The Federal Aviation Administration said three people were aboard a single-engine Piper PA-28 airplane that crashed on Tuesday afternoon. A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman said the plane took off from Warren County Memorial Airport in McMinnville and crashed in a nearby field. A witness said the plane appeared to be trying to return to the airport when it crashed. The identities of the two people who were killed were not immediately released. The third person on the plane suffered serious injuries. The NTSB is investigating.

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