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Indonesian Passenger Plane Crashes Into Sea

An Indonesian passenger Plane has reportedly crashed into the Java Sea in the afternoon of January 9, 2021. The passenger plane belonging to Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air as Flight SJ-182 was a Boeing 737-500 with Reg. NO. PK-CLC MSN 27323.

It was reported to have disappeared from radars shortly after takeoff from Jakarta and, after about four minutes from departure, lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute. The plane was traveling from Jakarta to Pontianak.

In a statement, Sriwijaya Air, owners of the missing SJ-182 flight, said that the ill-fated plane had 62 passengers and crew on board. There are 40 adults, seven children, three babies, and six crew members onboard the aircraft.

Indonesian search and rescue personnel carrying body bags
Indonesian search and rescue personnel carrying body bags

Indonesian search and rescue personnel recovering wreckage and debris from the plane
Indonesian search and rescue personnel recovering wreckage and debris from the plane

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has said that, as at press time, it has prepared 100 personnel, including a team of divers, to search for the wreckage of the Sriwijaya Air SJ-182 plane.

In an official statement, PMI said it has volunteer personnel that will be divided into two teams, namely at Tanjung Kiat Beach and joining the Indonesian Navy SAR Team on the Indonesian
Warship.

“PMI will also alert a rubber boat that will be moved around Tanjung Kait Beach, Tangerang Regency, close to the coordinate point of the Sriwijaya Air SJ 182 crash, “The PMI official statement has said.

PMI has also prepared 100 body bags that will be carried by KRI Gilimanuk as well as ten ambulance services stationed at the JICT Pier at Tanjung Priok Port to transport anybody found at sea by the Joint SAR team. Later, the bodies will be transported by hearse to the hospital.

It should be recalled that Lion Air Flight 610 on October 29, 2018 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on March 10, 2019, crashed in two separate incidents with 346 reported killed. These events led to the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX passenger airliner worldwide in March, 2019 after investigations.

Source: Flight path from Flightradar24
Source: Flight path from Flightradar24

Flight SJ-182 has been reported to have crashed between Male Island and Lancang Island. Indonesia has a lot of islands of which some are uninhabited. The Indonesian Ministry of Transport has ordered an investigation into the incident.

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