Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182: Rescue operation launched after Indonesian passenger jet ‘lost contact’

11-Jan-2021 Intellasia | NBC News | 7:34 AM Print This Post

A passenger plane with more than 60 people on board “lost contact” with air traffic controllers shortly after taking off from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, on Saturday, a transport ministry spokesperson said.

Authorities have launched a search-and-rescue operation after Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 went missing over the Java Sea minutes after it took off for Pontianak, the capital of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, spokesperson Adita Irawati said.

Indonesian Transport minister Budi Karya Sumadi later told a virtual news conference that 50 passengers and 12 crew had been aboard. Among them were seven children and three babies, he said.

“We are sorry about this incident,” he said. “Please pray for the blessing of all people so that the search-and-rescue process will run smoothly.”

Indonesian President Joko Widodo had given instructions to “maximise” search efforts in the sea, north of Jakarta, by the government search-and-rescue agency, Basarnas, he added.

Tracking service Flightradar24 said on its Twitter feed that the plane “lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute, about 4 minutes after departure” from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

A crisis centre for relatives has been set up at the Supadio International Airport in Pontianak where the plane was due to land.

The aircraft is a nearly 27-year-old Boeing 737-500, according to registration details included in the tracking data, Flightradar24 said.

This is what we know about Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 based on ADS-B data.

Route: Jakarta to Pontianak

Callsign: SJY182

Aircraft: Boeing 737-500, PK-CLC

Take off: 07:36 UTC

Highest altitude: 10,900 feet

Last altitude: 250 feet

Signal lost: 07:40 UTC

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 9, 2021

The plane was last heard from at 2.40 p.m. local time (2:40 a.m. ET), Irawati said.

Yusuf Latief, a spokesperson for rescue agency, Basarnas, told NBC News that ships had been dispatched to the Thousand Islands area, a chain north of the Jakarta coast, where the plane is thought to have lost contact.


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