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Indonesian aircraft with 62 on board crashes into sea

Debris from Sriwijaya Air SJY 182 found scattered at 4 sites of Thousand Islands waters

Muhammad Latief   | 09.01.2021
Indonesian aircraft with 62 on board crashes into sea Adita Irawati (C) spokesperson for the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation speaks to the media during a press conference regarding the Sriwijaya Airplane crash with flight number SJY 182 at Soekarno Hatta Airport, Tangerang, Indonesia on January 9, 2021. ( Firdaus Wajidi - Anadolu Agency )

JAKARTA, Indonesia

An Indonesian passenger aircraft with 62 people on board crashed into the sea after taking off from the capital Jakarta, authorities said Saturday.

Sriwijaya Air flight SJY 182 had 50 passengers on board, including 10 children, plus 12 crew members, said the country’s Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi.

Indonesian aircraft with 62 on board crashes into sea

SOEKARNO HATTA, TANGERANG, INDONESIA - JANUARY - 9 : Sriwijaya Air President Director Jefferson Irwin Jauwena and officials speak to press giving an explanation of the Sriwijaya Air SJ 182 aircraft that lost contact in the waters of the Thousand Islands on January 9, 2021. The post was established to provide information for the families of victims of the Sriwijaya Air SJ 182 aircraft on the Jakarta-Pontianak route, which until now still lost contact. ( Stringer - Anadolu Agency ) 

Debris believed to be from the missing plane has been found between the isles of Laki and Lancang in Jakarta’s Thousand Islands regency, said the authorities.

The National Search and Rescue Agency said the crash site is approximately 1.5-2 miles from the two islands.

"The area around the two islands has a depth of 20-30 meters," Bambang Suryo, the agency’s deputy for operations, said in a press conference.

Later, the Indonesian Navy said it found the debris of plane scattered at four sites of Thousand Islands waters. 

The flight from Jakarta to Pontianak, the capital of the province of West Kalimantan, lost contact at 2.40 p.m. local time (0740GMT), said Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawat.

Authorities are currently investigating and coordinating with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee.

According to FlightRadar24, a flight tracker website, it lost more than 3,048 meters (10,000 feet) in altitude in less than a minute.

Sumadi said President Joko Widodo ordered maximum search for the aircraft debris.

*Writing by Rhany Chairunissa Rufinaldo with Anadolu Agency’s Indonesian language service in Jakarta

Debris from Sriwijaya Air SJY 182 found scattered at 4 sites of Thousands Islands waters

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