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Indonesia Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 Passenger Plane Plunges Into Sea

INDONESIA – The Indonesia Boeing passenger jet Sriwijaya Air plunged into the sea with 62 people on board.

Equipment failure, weather, mid-air collisions, pilot/human error are some of the common factors that can contribute to airliner accidents. On Saturday, January 9, an Indonesian plane crashed into the sea minutes after taking off.

Based on a report from Inquirer, the authorities said the Sriwijaya Air plane with 62 people on board lost contact with the air-traffic controller and disappeared from radar a few minutes after taking off from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta.

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The Indonesian authorities said the Boeing 737-500 crashed into the Java Sea. The Boeing 737-500 was on a 90-minute flight from Jakarta to Pontianak. The take-off had been delayed for 30 minutes because of heavy rain.

According to the report, Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya said the Boeing 737-500 crashed near Laki Island, part of the4 Thousand Islands chain.

Rescue agency Basarnas said they would send a team to the area to help search for the plane crash victims. The transport safety committee said the victims were all Indonesian.

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The chief executive of Sriwijaya Air, Jefferson Irwin Jauwena, said the air vessel had been in good condition before the flight.

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

Officers of an Indonesian Coast and Sea Guard (KPLP) patrol ship hold suspected remains of an emergency ladder of the Sriwijaya Air plane flight SJ182, which crashed into the sea near Jakarta
Photo Source: Inquirer

Based on the report, a reliable tracking service Flightradar24 said the plane took off at 2:36 pm and ascend to reach 10,990 feet within 4 minutes. The air vessel then began a steep descent and stopped relaying data 21 seconds later.

Indonesia’s KNKT safety agency and US National Safety Transportation Board will investigate why the plane suddenly descent.

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