Sriwijaya Air Flight From Jakarta to Pontianak Loses Contact Over Jakarta's Thousand Islands

January 9, 2021, 06.31 PM
 Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182, which lost contact on Saturday (9/1/2021) Flightradar24 Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182, which lost contact on Saturday (9/1/2021)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – A Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 flying from Jakarta to Pontianak, West Kalimantan Province on Saturday, January 9, 2021 has lost contact with ground controllers at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

“We have verified that Sriwijaya Air call flight SJY 182 from Jakarta to Pontianak has lost contact at approximately 2.40 pm,” Indonesian Ministry of Transportation spokesperson Adita Irawati said to Kompas.com.

“Flight SJY 182 was last sighted over the Thousand Islands [off Jakarta],” She added that the Ministry of Transportation is coordinating with the National Transportation Safety Committee or KNKT and the National Search and Rescue Agency [Basarnas] to find the lost flight.

The Flightradar24 flight tracking service noted that the airliner lost contact four minutes after take-off.

"Sriwijaya Air Flight SJY182 descended by more than 10 thousand feet in altitude in less than a minute. It dropped by from 10,900 feet to 5,400 feet in 15 seconds, then 5,400 feet to 250 feet in seven seconds," Flightradar24 noted in its Twitter page.

Thousand Islands Regent Djunaedi reiterated Adita. “[Sriwijaya Air Flight SJY 182] was seen to go down near Laki Island. District chiefs in the area saw the plane hit the water at 2.30 pm,” he asserted.

Djunaedi said that fishermen saw flames come out of the plane, then called for help. He added that a BASARNAS team is on their way to the estimated site of the crash.

The Planespotters.net aviation website said the plane was made in 1994. "The 737-500 airliner has flown for more than 26 years, and was part of Sriwijaya Air's fleet since May 2012", asserted Planespotters.net.

They added that the plane was used by the US-based Continental Airlines since it rolled off the production line on May 13 1994 until October 2010, when it was sold to United Airlines before it joined Sriwijaya Air's fleet. 

(Writers: Sania Mashabi, Kevin Rizky Pratama Sabrina Asril, Sonya Teresa Debora |
Editors: Kristian Erdianto, Reska K. Nistanto, Icha Rastika, Sabrina Asril)

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