2. Indonesian Investigators Pinpoint Location of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182
The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation’s National Transportation Safety Committee [ KNKT] announced that it found the approximate location where Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182 went down off Jakarta on Saturday, January 9.
62 passengers and crew were on board the Boeing 737-500 when it lost contact with air traffic controllers at Soekarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang, Banten.
“Flight SJ 182 approximately went down between the Thousand Islands’ Laki and Lancang Islands,” said KNKT head Soerjanto Tjahjono.
“[The National Search and Rescue Agency or Basarnas] are already on the way to the site. The KNKT will assess the waters on Sunday to determine what sort of equipment are needed for the underwater recovery [of Flight SJ 182].”
Soerjanto added that “Flight SJ 182’s emergency location transmitter [ELT] did not transmit because it was destroyed by the impact of the crash,” he noted.
The Ministry of Transportation’s patrol boats have found parts of a plane fuselage near the estimated site of the crash. Their discoveries included the macabre finds of human body parts.
The Indonesian Armed Forces also joined the search for Flight SJ 182. The Navy has deployed 10 warships to look for Sriwijaya Air Flight, while the Indonesian Air Force deployed a NAS-332 Super Puma helicopter and EC-725 fixed-wing aircraft towards the site of the crash.