Sriwijaya Air 182, a 737 Boeing passenger jet flying from Jakarta to Pontianak, crashed in Indonesia. 62 people are believed to have been onboard.
Flight, Crash Details
Sriwijaya Air 182 Crashed In Indonesia. “Sriwijaya Air flight 182 from Jakarta to Pontianak, in Indonesian Borneo, lost contact at 2:40 p.m. Western Indonesian Time (2:40 a.m. ET) on Saturday. Maj. Gen Bambang Suryo Aji of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, Basarnas, told reporters on Saturday that the plane is believed to have crashed between the islands of Laki and Lancang, in the Thousand Islands chain northwest of the capital, Jakarta. Basarnas is now conducting a search operation.” [CNN]
62 People Were On Board. “The plane had 62 people aboard, according to the Transportation Ministry. Four minutes after taking off amid a heavy monsoon season rain, following a delay because of bad weather, the 26-year-old plane lost more than 10,000 feet in altitude in less than 60 seconds, according to Flightradar24, the flight-tracking service.” [NY Times]
Sriwijaya Air 182 Was A Boeing 737. “The nearly 27-year-old Boeing 737-500 was much older than Boeing’s problem-plagued 737 MAX model, one of which crashed off Jakarta in late 2018, killing all 189 people aboard the Lion Air flight. Older 737 models are widely flown and do not have the system implicated in the MAX safety crisis.” [Reuters]
Debris Found, Witnesses Saw Explosions
Witnesses Saw Crash, Heard Explosion. “Witnesses said they had seen and heard at least one explosion. Fisherman Solihin, who goes by one name, told the BBC Indonesian service he had witnessed a crash and his captain decided to return to land. “The plane fell like lightning into the sea and exploded in the water,” he said.” [BBC]
Fishermen Found Debris That May Have Come From The Crash. “Local media reports said fishermen spotted metal objects believed to be parts of a plane on Saturday afternoon in the Thousand Islands, a chain of islands north of Jakarta. Irawati said a search and rescue operation was underway in coordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee. ” [CBS]
Indonesia Has A Recent History Of Plane Crashes. “The Southeast Asian nation has had a spate of plane crashes in the past decade, including the Lion Air Flight 610 disaster that killed 189 people in 2018, the first of the two 737 Max crashes that eventually led to its global grounding. In December 2014, an AirAsia Group Bhd. plane plunged into the Java Sea with 162 people on board. Weather has been a contributing factor in several of those crashes.” [Bloomberg]
Sriwijaya Air Is The Third-Largest Airline In Indonesia. “Sriwijaya Air is Indonesia’s third-largest airline, and it largely serves an extensive domestic network. However, it does also operate international flights to countries such as China (charters), Malaysia, and Timor Leste.” [Simple Flying]
Sriwijaya Air 182 Crash Videos
The Star news report on the crash
Families of passengers on the flight:
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