The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) deployed personnel to the last known location of a Sriwijaya Air aircraft which took disappeared from radar this Saturday afternoon and crashed off Jakarta.
“We sent our ships to the area considered to be the site of the accident”, said at a press conference on Saturday night. a research manager.
He added that debris believed to have come from the plane was found by Lancang Island police in the Thousand Islands Regency, just off the coast of Jakarta.
Sriwijaya Air’s plane connecting Jakarta to Pontianak “on the island of Borneo” lost contact “shortly after 2:40 p.m. local time, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport said. Authorities said the plane was on board. 50 passengers, including 10 children, and a crew of 12.
The flight from Jakarta Soekarno-Hata International Airport normally takes 90 minutes to reach Pontianak, but it disappeared from radar within minutes of take-off, as it flew over the Java Sea.
Sriwijaya Air is an Indonesian airline based in Jakarta which mainly flies to Sumatra and the Riau Islands. Created in 2003, it is named after the ancient city-state of Sriwijaya (now Palembang in southern Sumatra), which from the 7th to the 11th centuries controlled the Strait of Malacca. It is the 3rd Indonesian airline in terms of number of passengers carried1. In 2009, Sriwijaya Air carried some 6 million passengers to 33 destinations, domestic and international. (source Wikipedia)