Sriwijaya SJ 182, an Indonesia flight today went off the radar shortly after departure. The flight with 50 passengers and 12 crew members was bound to Pontianak in West Kalimantan from Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Jakarta.
The Boeing 737-524 were carrying 62 passengers including the crew. All of them are reportedly Indonesian citizens. According to media reports, there were 40 adults, 7 children, and 3 infants among the passengers.
The Sriwijaya SJ 182 left Jakarta around 2:30 PM local time and lost the radar around 2:40 PM. It was attempting to reach the 29000 feet and failed to follow the direction of the Air Traffic Controller. Soon, the contact was gone.
It is feared that the plane might have crashed between Laki and Lancang Islands. Boats, sea riders, and the Indonesian Navy have joined the search operations. There are media reports of the oil spill and debris near the Thousand Islands, however, no official report has been published.
Media reports suggest that the plane lost almost 10,000 feet in just over a minute before crashing.
The reports have emerged that the SJ 142 was a 26 years old plane. It was previously owned by Continental Airlines and United Airlines.
The Indonesian Aviation Industry has a very poor safety record. However, it is one of the fastest-growing industries as well.
In 1997, Garuda Indonesia Flight 152 crash in North Sumatra killing all 234 people. Recently, in 2018, Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX Jet crashed into the Java Sea killing 189 people.
Sriwijaya Airlines however had a good safety record until now. It is feared that all the passengers and crew might have lost their lives due to the crash, but we hope the rescue team finds survivors.
Once the Black Box is retrieved, the reason for the crash can be understood, but before that, the authorities are all focused on finding the debris and looking for survivors.