Indonesia plane crash update: 62 feared dead, suspected debris found

MANILA, Philippines – Local authorities said they have found the location and suspected debris of Indonesian plane that lost contact after taking off from the capital Jakarta on Saturday afternoon.

Indonesian plane crash update: 62 feared dead
File photo of Sriwijaya Air courtesy of International Flight Network

The Sriwijaya Air jet, heading to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province on Indonesia’s Borneo island, was carrying 62 people (all Indonesians) when it disappeared from radar just 4 minutes after departure from Jakarta.

The airline on social media post confirmed the incident and gave initial details.

"We confirm that flight SJ-182 route Jakarta headed to Pontianak has lost contact on January 9, 2021 at 2:40 p.m. local time.

"The said plane plane was staffed by 6 active crewmates. As for the details of the passengers in flight SJ-182, there were 40 adults, 7 children, 3 babies and 6 crewmates.

"Our prayers go out to all passengers, crew and families."

The path of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ-182 before it went missing
The path of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ-182 before it went missing | via and BBC 

More than 10 ships have now been deployed to the crash site in Java Sea with navy divers according to BBC report.

Investigators are now currently analyzing the items, including cables and metal objects, they believe to be wreckage of the nearly 27-year-old plane.

Authorities did not say whether they believed there were survivors.

— The Summit Express

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