SJ-182 preliminary crash report expected in early February: KNKT

SJ-182 plane debris recovered from crash site. Photo: Twitter/@KANSAR_JKT
SJ-182 plane debris recovered from crash site. Photo: Twitter/@KANSAR_JKT

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) says it will release a preliminary report in February determining the cause of the crash of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182.

SJ-182 crashed in the sea between Laki and Lancang islands just north off the coast of Tangerang city on Jan. 9.

“We will release a preliminary report of our investigation within 30 days [since the plane crashed],” KNKT official Nurcahyo Utomo said in a press release.

Nurcahyo called on the public to remain patient for answers about the crash.

The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) on Tuesday recovered SJ-182’s flight data recorder (FDR), which should contain important data such as the plane’s altitude, speed, and engine condition during its flight. A search for the plane’s Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), which recorded conversations between the pilot and co-pilot, is ongoing. 

As of Wednesday, four victims, comprising a co-pilot, flight attendant, and two passengers, had been identified. The Transportation Ministry said there were 62 people onboard the SJ-182, including six crew.

SJ-182, a Boeing 733-500 series, vanished from radar and crashed four minutes after its 2:36pm departure from Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Jan. 9. The plane was bound for the city of Pontianak in West Kalimantan.

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