On January 10, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that the missing 737-500 Boeing aircraft owned by Sriwijaya Air had crashed into the Java Sea. He reckoned in a statement that he had requested the study from the transport ministry of the country. He consequently encouraged both parties to commit their resources to the continuing search activity.
The location of two black boxes from a crashed Indonesian plane has been confirmed by officials.
“We have located the position of the black boxes, both of them,” said Soerjanto Tjahjanto, head of the Indonesian Agency for Transportation Safety.
An Indonesian passenger jet carrying more than 60 passengers and crew wrecked into the Java Sea on Saturday, soon after taking off from Jakarta. The rescue team pulled out body parts, chunks of clothing, and junks of metal from the water early Sunday morning, according to the reports.
Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182, a Boeing 737-500 jet, last made communication with air traffic controllers at 2:40 p.m. local time, according to the reports.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi announced officials were optimistic they were closing in on the destruction after sonar equipment perceived a signal from the aircraft. Officials later announced divers had found portions of the plane’s wreckage in 75 feet of water.
Sumadi said the flight was halted for an hour before it took off at 2:36 p.m. The aircraft vanished from radar four minutes later after the pilot got air traffic control to climb to an altitude of 29,000 feet.
Sumadi announced during a conference that the plane had 12 crew members and 50 passengers — 43 adults and seven children.
According to the reports, the 26-year-old plane forfeited more than 10,000 in altitude in less than 60 seconds, according to Flightradar24, the flight-tracking service.
Three fishermen from Lancang Island conveyed they heard an eruption and felt a sudden large wave.
“I heard (a) very loud explosion. I thought it was a bomb or a big thunder, ”said Hendrik Mulyadi. “We then saw the big wave, about 2 meters high, hitting our boat.”
Mulyadi’s colleague, Solihin, interpreted the sound as “a bomb on the water.”
The aviation sector in Indonesia, a nurturing country of thousands of inhabited islands, has been troubled by crashes and safety setbacks for years. As Indonesian airlines, especially low-cost carriers, have evolved quickly to cover a vast archipelago, the domestic aviation industry has been weakened by cheap aircraft supervision and cavalier allegiance to safety standards.
For years, top Indonesian transportations were prohibited from flying to the United States and Europe by those countries’ controllers. Budget airlines would start-up a business, only to announce bankruptcy after fatal crashes.
But Sriwijaya Air, which is Indonesia’s third-largest conveyance and began operations in 2003, had never undergone a fatal crash comprising those aboard its planes.
Also, the Sriwijaya Aeroplane that faded away from radar screens on Saturday was from Boeing’s 737 500 series, which is contemplated to be a safe workhorse model for years.
Whatever the reason, the crash comes at a horrible time for Boeing, whose status and bottom line were ravaged by two crashes aboard its 737 Max aircraft two years ago.