The plane of the Indonesian airline Sriwijaya Air operated a domestic flight from the country's capital, Jakarta, located on the island of Java, to the administrative center of West Kalimantan province, Pantianak. Onboard there were 53 passengers (43 adults and 10 children, of which three were infants), as well as 12 crew members. The liner fell into the sea about four minutes after departure from Jakarta, without having time to give any emergency signals. According to the aviation portal FlightRadar, during the first minutes after takeoff, the plane was gaining altitude, but having reached a mark of 3300 meters, in less than a minute it dropped sharply by 3000 meters.
As reported by TASS agency, earlier the Indonesian military managed to find an oil stain, indicating the probable place of the liner crash. The divers were sent there - the wreckage was quickly discovered thanks to the good visibility in the sea water. Hadi Tchahjanto expressed confidence that the Boeing 737 crashed right here. In turn, the head of the National Search and Rescue Agency of Indonesia, Bagus Puruhito, said that rescuers recorded a signal that could come from the flight recorders of the crashed liner, and now a search for its source has begun.
The REN-TV channel reports that the landing gear and the wreckage of the fuselage have already been found. Fragments of the bodies of passengers were found yesterday . According to preliminary information, there were no Russian citizens on board the plane, the cause of the tragedy has not yet been named. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo in connection with the death of a large number of people, - notes 360tv.ru.
A passenger Boeing 737-524 that crashed in Indonesia passed through a thunderstorm front during takeoff and found itself in a zone of strong turbulence. Told about this on January 10 on the air of the portal Detik Dani Saptiadi, representative of the local Agency for Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics.
As he clarified, visibility was about 2 km, which was suitable for landing and takeoff.
Flight SJ182 last contacted flight SJ182 at about 14:40 Jakarta time, four minutes after it departed for Pantianak, the provincial capital of West Kalimantan.