Contact lost with Indonesia’s Sriwijaya Air flight 182 moments after take off from Jakarta

The flight path of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 on Jan. 9, 2021. Photo: Flightradar24
The flight path of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 on Jan. 9, 2021. Photo: Flightradar24

Indonesian aviation authorities say it lost contact with Sriwijaya Air flight, call sign SJ-182, minutes after it took off from Jakarta.

According to Flightradar24, the plane, a Boeing 733-500 series, vanished from radar four minutes after its 2:36pm departure from Soekarno-Hatta Airport. The plane was bound for the city of Pontianak in West Kalimantan.

The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) confirmed the discovery of plane debris from the suspected crash site, between the islands Laki and Lancang just north off the coast of Tangerang city. However, the agency has not definitely linked the debris to SJ-182.

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has confirmed that SJ-182 crashed in the waters near Laki Island.

Local media have reported that there were 56 passengers on board comprising 46 adults, seven children, and three infants, as well as two pilots and four flight crew.

We will continue to update this breaking news story.

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