62 Feared Dead in Indonesia Plane Crash

Sriwijaya Air flight 182 Flight crashed four minutes after taking off for its 740km (460 mile) flight to Pontianak on Borneo from Jakarta on 9th January.

SJ182 was headed to Pontianak on Borneo island, about 740 km (460 miles) from Jakarta, on Saturday before it disappeared from radar screens four minutes after take-off and crashed into the Java sea.

The Boeing 737-500 is believed to have ruptured after crashing into the Java Sea. Investigators are saying that it is too early to identify a cause for the crash. Reports have said that the plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than one minute.

“We don’t know for sure, but if we look at the debris, they’re scattered in an area that is not too wide.”

“It possibly ruptured when it hit waters because if it had exploded mid-air, the debris would be distributed more widely.”

Nurcahyo Utomo. Indonesia National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) via Reuters

The plane had 62 people on board including 10 children and 12 crew. It is believed that everyone on board was from Indonesia. It is unlikely that there will be any survivors.

Indonesia authorities have confirmed that the location of the black boxes has been found and that they hope to recover them soon. They have already recovered some plane wreckage as well as human remains and clothing. Efforts to recover debris and bodies has been helped by the relatively shallow water, around 23 metres (75 feet), although will depend on weather conditions continuing to be good.

The Boeing 737-500 is an older version of the 737 than the 737-MAX that has recently started to return to service following automatic system issues that have been blamed for a number of crashes. Older versions of the 737 do not have the systems that have been blamed for the 737-MAX issues.

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