Sriwijaya Air’s Boeing 737-500 aircraft loses contact with radar 4 minutes after takeoff

In an awful start to 2021, Sriwijaya Air, an Indonesian Airline, operating flight SJ182 with a Boeing 737-500 Classic aircraft, has reportedly lost radar contact of the aircraft, registered under tail number PK-CLC a while ago. Sriwijaya Air is the third largest airline in Indonesia. The aircraft operating this flight was over 25 years old.

As per data from the flight tracking service FlightRadar24, the Boeing 737 jet (not a MAX aircraft), lost contact four minutes after takeoff from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport, and it looks like it had a steep plunge, losing 10000 feet altitude within seconds as it got over the Java sea. The flight was en route to Pontianak. As per reports, there were 56 passengers and six crew members on board.

Parts from the Boeing 737-500 were found at a depth of about 75 feet in the Java Sea, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said in a statement, on Sunday, January 10, a day after the plane disappeared with 62 people on board, all of them Indonesian nationals. The black box on board the plane, i.e.,  the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder has reportedly been discovered.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more details emerge. We pray for those on board Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182.

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