Sriwijaya Air’s SJ182 crashes minutes after take-off

Sriwijaya Air’s flight SJ182 is reported to have crashed into the ocean within minutes after its take-off from Jakarta’s Soekarno—Hatta International Airport to Pontianak in West Kalimantan on Saturday (January 9). The aircraft had 50 passengers on board, along with 12 crew members.

The plane, a Boeing 737-500, was told to have disappeared from the radar at 2.40 pm (local time), after taking off at around 2.30 pm. According to Flightradar24, a flight-tracking service, the flight had dropped around 10,000 feet suddenly, before going off the radars.

A flight-tracker map that shows the plane’s journey before it crashed | Image Source: Flightradar24.

Search operations were initiated within the Thousand Islands chain to find the missing plane overnight. On Sunday (January 10), the Indonesian Armed Forces confirmed the official crash site.

Members of the Indonesian Armed Forces holding a piece of the crashed flight | Image Source: Agence France-Presse/Adek Berry.

While an investigation is ongoing for the crashed Boeing, Indonesian President Joko Widodo addressed the nation according to Reuters, saying, “We will do our best to find and save the victims, and together, let’s pray that they can be found. In the name of the government and Indonesian people, we would like to express our condolences on what has happened.”

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