Indonesian authorities confirmed this Saturday that a commercial airplane with 56 passengers and 6 crew members on board, which had lost track, suffered an accident when it fell into the sea off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia.
A spokesman for the Indonesian search and rescue agency, Basarna, reported at an emergency press conference that the Sriwajaya airline plane, a Boeing 737-524, crashed in the Java Sea a few minutes after taking off from the airport. Sukarno-Hatta International, in the Indonesian capital, bound for Pontianak, capital of West Borneo.
For their part, the police reported that they have installed a corpse identification post in a hospital in eastern Jakarta where the families and relatives of the victims will be treated, reports the local portal Detik.
“Contact was lost at around 2:40 p.m. local time (7:40 GMT, 4:40 in Chile) with a Sriwijaya plane, which was traveling between Jakarta and Pontianak (on the island of Borneo),” the spokesman said. Adita Irawati at the time of confirming the disappearance of the aircraft.
The domestic flight usually takes about 90 minutes, but the plane disappeared from the radars shortly after takeoff, when it was flying over the Java Sea.
In October 2018, 189 people were killed when a Boeing 737 MAX crashed into the Java Sea, 12 minutes after takeoff.
This accident and another involving the same model aircraft in Ethiopia, were attributed to technical defects and the manufacturer was sentenced to pay a fine of $ 2.5 billion this week for having misled the authorities in the approval process of this model.
The 737 MAXs were without flying for 20 months after these two accidents that left 346 dead, before being again authorized to operate in some countries at the end of 2020.