Suspected debris of missing Indonesian plane found
Published: 08:31 PM, 9 January 2021 Updated: 10:42 PM, 9 January 2021
The suspected debris of the Sriwijaya Airplane, which went missing with 62 people on board after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, has found on Saturday; Photo: Twitter
The suspected debris of the Sriwijaya Airplane, which went missing with 62 people on board after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta on Saturday, has found.
“Debris suspected to be from the plane had been found in the sea,” Agus Haryono told Reuters, however, he said it has not been confirmed that it came from the missing flight.
Meanwhile, CNN Indonesia quoted a security official as saying, “We found some cables, pieces of jeans and metal pieces on the water.”
The plane, carrying 62 people – including 7 children, 12 crew members, disappeared from radar screens after taking off just after 2:30 pm local time, the BBC reported.
Flight tracking website Flightradar24.com said the aircraft SJ182 had “disappeared” more than 3,000 meters (10,000ft) in altitude in less than a minute, about 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta.
According to registration details, the Boeing 737-500 is 26-year-old. It is owned by Sriwijaya Airlines in Jakarta. The airline said it was still “gathering information” about the flight.
Local television footage showed relatives of the missing passengers embracing each other, crying and praying.
It is worth to be mentioned that Boeing 737-500 was much older than Boeing’s problem-plagued 737 MAX model, one of which crashed off Jakarta in late 2018, killing all 189 people aboard the Lion Air flight. Older 737 models are widely flown and do not have the system implicated in the MAX safety crisis. - Reuters.
“We are aware of media reports from Jakarta and are closely monitoring the situation. We are working to gather more information,” said a Boeing spokeswoman.
Source: BBC, Reuters, CNN