Sriwijaya Air flight SJY 182 operated by Boeing 737-524 en route Jakarta-Pontianak disappeared from radar on Saturday at 07:40:27 UTC, January 9, 2020.
According to preliminary data, the plane, before losing communication, managed to climb to an altitude of more than three kilometers, after which it began to sharply lose altitude 4 minutes after taking off from Jakarta airport.
“Management is still negotiating and investigating this issue and will immediately issue an official statement after receiving real information,” said Sriwijaya Air Senior Corporate Communications Manager Theodora Erika.
The Indonesian Ministry of Transport has announced that a search and rescue operation has begun to locate the missing plane.
According to AirLive.net, there were 62 people on board: 56 passengers, four crew members and two pilots.
Of the 56 passengers, 46 were adults, seven children and three babies.
The Boeing 737 500 series aircraft is considered one of the most reliable aircraft in the world. The standard model has a maximum passenger capacity of 132.
As a reminder, the 737 series of the latest generation, which was put into operation three years ago, had critical software flaws.
An Indonesian airline Lion Air's Boeing 737 MAX crashed near Jakarta in late 2018, killing all 189 passengers and crew.
After the disaster on March 10, 2019, when a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft crashed in Ethiopia and killed 157 people, a number of countries around the world decided to suspend the operation of aircraft of this model. The last country to stop flying was the United States. On March 14, 2019, not a single Boeing 737 MAX 8 remained in the sky.
On November 18, 2020, a decision was made according to which the aircraft can return to commercial operation. However, Boeing will have to pay $ 2.5 billion to settle a lawsuit to cover up problems with the 737 Max from the FAA.