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Search operation to find crashed Indonesian Sriwijaya Air plane underway

January 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A massive search operation is underway in Indonesia to find the wreckage of a Sriwijaya Air plane that crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from the capital Jakarta on Saturday with 62 people on board.

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)A massive search operation is underway in Indonesia to find the wreckage of a Sriwijaya Air plane that crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from the capital Jakarta on Saturday with 62 people on board.

Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, said Sunday that search teams have identified and verified the location of the crash site, in a press conference at the crisis command center.

Hadi said the coordinates were determined by radar tracking and the last contact with the plane before it crashed into the sea.

Meanwhile, police in Jakarta have set up a command post at the Kramat Jati Police Hospital to identify the crash victims and search for family members, Indonesian news agency Antara reported on Sunday.

The missing plane was carrying 50 passengers -- 43 adults and 7 children -- as well as 12 crew members, according Indonesia's Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi said.

In October 2018, Lion Air Flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

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