A passenger plane of the Indonesian company Sriwijaya Air crashed on January 9 into the Java Sea near Jakarta. Onboard were 56 passengers, including 10 children, and six crew members.
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo. State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin sent a telegram of condolence to the chairman of the Council of People’s Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia Puan Maharani.
Jakarta airport dispatchers lost contact with the flight four minutes after takeoff. According to authorities, the plane went down in the Java Sea off Lucky Island.
Ground services did not receive a distress signal from the plane’s crew.
Parts that may belong to the plane were found in the area where the airliner is believed to have crashed, according to Seribu Jeffrey, a spokesman for the district administration.
The causes and circumstances of the accident have not yet been established. According to Flightradar, Boeing managed to gain an altitude of about 3 thousand meters.
The fate of those on board is also still unknown.
What is known about the plane and the flight?
According to open sources, the crashed Boeing was built in 1994 for the American airline Continental Airlines, which later merged with United Airlines. The plane joined the Sriwijaya Air fleet in 2012.
The flight was SJY182 from Jakarta to Pantianak, the administrative center of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan. The flight was supposed to take about an hour.
According to preliminary information of the authorities referred to by the Russian embassy in Indonesia, there were no Russians on board the crashed plane.
How often does this happen?
In Indonesia, the Boeing crash was the ninth such incident in the past ten years.
The largest was the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 of local airline Lion Air on October 29, 2018, when 189 people died. An investigation revealed that the accident was caused by the activation of the MCAS automatic auxiliary system. Following a similar crash in Ethiopia in March 2019, the operation of Boeing 737 Max airliners was suspended worldwide and only resumed in December 2020.