Boeing passenger jet missing in Indonesia after takeoff, officials say

  

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Via:  sister-mary-agnes-ample-bottom  •  3 weeks ago  •  7 comments

By:   Morgan Hines (MSN)

Boeing passenger jet missing in Indonesia after takeoff, officials say
A passenger jet carrying 62 people lost contact with air traffic controllers after taking off from Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, on Saturday.

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Boeing passenger jet missing in Indonesia after takeoff, officials say

A search and rescue operation is underway Saturday after a Boeing passenger jet carrying 62 people lost contact with air traffic controllers after taking off from Indonesia's capital on a domestic flight, officials said.

Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182, a Boeing 737-500, took off from Jakarta at about 1:56 p.m. local time and lost contact with the control tower at 2:40 p.m., said Indonesian Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati.

The plane's route was estimated to be a 90-minute flight to Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province on Indonesia's Borneo island. There were 56 passengers and six crew members on board.

"The missing plane is currently under investigation and under coordination with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee," Irawati said in a statement.

The Boeing 737-500 lost more than 10,000 feet in altitude in one minute, four minutes after departure, according to the flight tracking service FlightRadar24.com. The plane's last known altitude was 250 feet with its highest altitude being 10,900 feet, the service reported.


This is what we know about Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 based on ADS-B data.

Route: Jakarta to Pontianak

Callsign: SJY182

Aircraft: Boeing 737-500, PK-CLC

Take off: 07:36 UTC

Highest altitude: 10,900 feet

Last altitude: 250 feet

Signal lost: 07:40 UTChttps://t.co/fNZqlIR2dzpic.twitter.com/CPzFJdsuJZ
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 9, 2021

A plane flying from Jakarta to Pontianak would spend most of the flight over the Java Sea.

Local media outlets said fishermen spotted metal objects believed to be parts of a plane on Saturday afternoon in the Thousand Islands, a chain of islands north of Jakarta. Kompas TV said that a fisherman had seen a fiery explosion.

A man who Reuters identified as a local government official, told CNN Indonesia that he and others had found debris after hearing about two explosions and heading out to search for remnants with an anchor in the water. The man, named Surachman, said they found items like cables, seats, pockets, pieces of hair and jeans.

Television footage showed relatives and friends of people aboard the plane weeping, praying and hugging each other as they waited at the airports in Jakarta and Pontianak.

According to the BBC, the Boeing 737 jet is not a Max, the plane that has been involved in a couple major crashes. The South China Morning Post reported that the missing Sriwijaya Air plane is about 26 years old.

Sriwijaya Air is one of Indonesia's discount carriers, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago nation with more than 260 million people, has been plagued by transportation accidents on land, sea and air because of overcrowding on ferries, aging infrastructure and poorly enforced safety standards.

In October 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet operated by Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board. It was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people were killed on a Garuda flight near Medan on Sumatra island. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing 162 people.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    3 weeks ago

Nothing like a good, old-fashioned missing passenger jet to get our minds off of our own problems. jrSmiley_88_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    3 weeks ago

It's not missing. It crashed and they have a pretty good idea where the wreckage is located.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1.1.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    3 weeks ago

It's not missing.  

The title of the article I seeded:

Boeing Passenger Jet Missing In Indonesia After Takeoff, Officials Say

Missing is an appropriate word to describe the status.

I might not be the smartest kid in class, but this:

It crashed and they have a pretty good idea where the wreckage is located.

...means it is still missing.  

Here is a WAPO article Less than an hour old:

Indonesian plane with 62 aboard is missing; rescue workers recover possible debris

They haven't confirmed that the debris is from the missing plane, although I hope that it is.  That said, debris doesn't necessarily constitute a crash site.  

I'm not certain what you have against the term 'missing', but perhaps if you contacted the media outlets that have chosen to use it, they could address any concerns you might have.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

Sorry to hear this. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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3  Paula Bartholomew    3 weeks ago

Ten to one, it went down in one of their jungles.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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3.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3    3 weeks ago
Ten to one, it went down in one of their jungles.

I think they have somewhere in the neighborhood of 13,000 little jungle islands.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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3.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @3.1    3 weeks ago

The news just said it was an ocean crash.

 
 
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