Aircraft with over 62 people on board crashes after takeoff
Saturday turned out to be a tragic day for 62 people in a Boeing 737-524 aircraft, which crashed into the Java Sea.
The unfortunate accident happened shortly after the jet took off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.
The Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 was last in contact at 2:40 p.m. local time, the Transportation Ministry said.
The plane was on its way to the city of Pontianak in Borneo island.
Sriwijaya Air, Indonesia’s third-largest carrier never suffered a fatal crash since it began operations in 2003
Already, bad weather has been blamed for today’s mishap.
Flightradar24 indicated that minutes after takeoff amid a heavy monsoon season rain, the plane lost more than 10,000 feet in altitude in less than 60 seconds.
The Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency announced it had found pieces of debris in waters just northwest of Jakarta.
“Tomorrow we are going to survey the location,” Soerjanto Tjahjono, National Transportation Safety Committee head said.
The aviation sector has suffered crashes in recent years.