On January 9, the Indonesian Ministry of Transport said a Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 lost contact with the air traffic control station a few minutes after taking off from the capital Jakarta to arrive. Pontianak city in West Kalimantan.
Adita Irawati, a spokesperson for the Indonesian Ministry of Transport, told This Week in Asia that the flight, numbered SJY 182, had last contacted at 2:20 pm local time.
Data from the website FlightRadar24 showed that about 4 minutes after takeoff, the plane lost more than 3,000 meters in less than a minute.
|Twitter users are sharing what is believed to be the Sriwijaya Air plane wreckage. Photo: Twitter|
Also according to FlightRadar24, the missing plane was a classic Boeing 737-500 with a PK-CLC registration number (MSN 27323). This aircraft made its maiden flight in May 1994. As such it has 27 years of operation.
Metro TV said at the time of the incident, there were 56 people on board, including 7 children, and a crew of 6 people.
“At the moment we are still investigating and coordinating to resolve the case with Basarnas (search and rescue agency Indonesia) and KNKT (national traffic safety agency). We will provide more information. when there is new development, “spokesman Adita Irawati said.
According to SCMP, the Indonesian maritime authorities (Bakamla) said they were sending three ships to assist with search and rescue efforts.
A Basarnas official, Agus Haryono, told Reuters that rescuers had found the debris suspected to be in the Java Sea, north of the capital Jakarta. But it is yet to be confirmed that the fragment came from SJY 182.
Local TV captain EKo Surya Hadi, commander of the coast guard Trisula, announced they had found the human body parts and fragments of the missing Sriwijaya Air plane.
Meanwhile, according to Xinhua, the Sriwijaya Air plane was confirmed to have crashed into the waters of the country.
Local TV captain EKo Surya Hadi, commander of the coast guard Trisula, announced that they had found human body parts and fragments of the plane.
CNN said the location the plane crashed was the Thousands Islands in the waters north of Jakarta.
In October 2018, 189 people were killed when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet crashed into the Java Sea about 12 minutes after taking off from Jakarta during a one-hour flight.