Four minutes after takeoff, Indonesian Jetliner crashes into the sea carrying 62 passengers with it. A devastating aviation disaster
Four minutes after takeoff, Indonesian Jetliner crashes into the sea carrying 62 passengers with it.
A devastating aviation disaster happened this weekend when Boeing 737-500, a Sriwijaya Air Flight, comes crashing down into the sea with 62 people on board.
The Flight was scheduled to take off from Jakarta and bound to Pontianak City on the Indonesian part of Borneo Island. Four minutes after takeoff, global flight tracking service Flightradar24, announces that the flight disappeared from radar. There were heavy rains when the plane departed the Airport, and it was confirmed that it dropped 10,000 feet into Thousand Islands, a popular tourist destination among Indonesians.
The Indonesian National Search and Rescue teams had gone in search of the plane and returned with the plane’s debris and body bags containing the remains of the passengers. DNA samples are requested among the family members to identify the bodies found. Out of 62 passengers that was declared to be on board, it was reported that 10 were children.
They had also gone in search for two of the plane’s black box, hoping to uncover the mystery of the crash. Only one was recovered, but authorities are still trying to find the other one.
Boeing had released a statement on Twitter, “Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families.” They also added, “We are in contact with our airline customers and stand ready to support them during this difficult time.”
The country’s aviation sector was said to be plague by plane crashes due to safety lapses and low-cost carriers. Poor safety standards and low aircraft maintenance was also evident which has led to a number of plane crashes for the past years. This had caused America and Europe to ban top Indonesian carriers for quite some time.
Boeing 737-500 was said to be a 26-years old plane and a workhorse model carrier. However, Sriwijaya Air had never suffered any fatal crashes before this.