Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 Crashes Four Minutes After Departure From Jakarta


Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 destined to Pontianak appears to have plunged to the sea four minutes after departure from Jakarta at 2:36 PM local time after a delay due to heavy rain.

The Boeing 737 plane was carrying 50 passengers (43 adults and 7 children) and 12 crew members. The aircraft was 27 years old and began its service in the US as part of Continental’s fleet in 1994 before disposed of by United Airlines in 2012.

Here’s the data from flightradar:


Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX crashed to the sea in 2018 shortly after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 onboard. AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore had the same fate with 162 passengers in 2014.

There have been several accidents with no fatalities with Indonesian airlines in recent years. All airlines based in the country were banned from flying to the European Union in 2007 and cleared by 2018.

Indonesia heavily relies on air transportation between its numerous islands. Let’s hope that the country can strengthen its air safety standards and better oversee the airlines.

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