Sriwijaya Air Plane Loses Contact On Take Off; Suspected Debris Found

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Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 with 62 onboard is feared to have crashed into the sea after the Boeing 737 lost contact with aviation authorities shortly after taking off from Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Saturday, reported AFP.

The flight tracking data showed the jet had plunged into a steep dive just four minutes after take-off. Rescuers have found suspected debris in waters north of the city, an official of the Basarnas search and rescue agency said, according to Reuters.

Search on for Sriwijaya Air

Rescuers looking for an Indonesian plane that lost contact after taking off from capital Jakarta on Saturday have found suspected debris in waters north of the city, an official of the Basarnas search and rescue agency said.

The Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 was carrying a total of 62 persons, including the 2 Pilots, 3 Flight Attendants, 46 Adults, 7 Children and 3 Infants.

According to reports from Flight Radar, an air traffic tracking service, the Sriwijaya flight SJ182 lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute in about four minutes after taking off.

The plane was a Boeing 737-500. A statement released by the flight says that were 56 passengers and six crew members onboard. The regular estimated time for this flight was about 90 minutes, Associated Press reported.

The flight was en route from Jakarta to Pontianak in Indonesia.

“A Sriwijaya (Air) plane from Jakarta to Pontianak (on Borneo island) with call sign SJY182 has lost contact,” said ministry spokesman Adita Irawati told AFP.

The flight last made contact at 2:40 pm (0740 GMT), according to its reports.

Sriwijaya said it was only looking into investigating the ongoing incident. However, Irawati has also said that Indonesia’s search and rescue agency and the National Transportation Safety Commission were also investigating the matter.

Furthermore, Indonesia National Transport Safety Committee chief Soerjanto Tjahjono said the locations of the two black boxes of crashed Sriwijaya Airplane have been identified on Sunday after nearly a day of searching as per Reuters.

Military chief Hadi Tjahjanto said “the boxes can hopefully be retrieved soon.”


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