The Basarnas continues the search for the Sriwijaya Air that lost contact on Saturday. (Picture: Basarnas)
The Basarnas continues the search for the Sriwijaya Air that lost contact on Saturday. (Picture: Basarnas)

JAKARTA (BPN) – The Ministry of Transportation explained the timeline of the incident of Sriwijaya Air SJY 182 Jakarta – Pontianak (West Kalimantan) route that lost contact at 2.40 PM on Saturday, January 1, 2021.

“There has been lost contact with the Sriwijaya Air, Jakarta – Pontianak route, call sign SJY 182. The last contact was at 2.40 PM,” said Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, at Soekarno Hatta Airport, on Saturday.

The minister explained that the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, has provided direct order to maximize the search for the plane. Currently, the Ministry of Transportation has coordinated with the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), the National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT), the Indonesian Military, Indonesian Police, and other relevant agencies to carry out search efforts.

Regarding to the timeline, Minister Budi explained Sriwijaya SJY 182 take off from Soekarno Hatta Airport to Pontianak at 2.36 ​​PM.

At 2.37 PM, passing an altitude of 1700 feet, the aircraft made contact with the Jakarta Approach and was allowed to rise to 29,000 feet by following the Standard Instrument Departure.

At 2.40 PM, the Jakarta Approach saw that the Sriwijaya Air was not heading to the direction it should have been at 075 degrees but to the North West.

“Air Traffic Control then asked the plane to report the direction of the aircraft. Within seconds, the plane disappeared from radar,” the minister said.

The Aircraft carried 50 passengers including 7 children and 3 babies, and 12 crews (6 active crew and 6 extra crew).

Currently, the rescue team has dispatched a number of boats to provide assistance. The Basarnas also reported that they had pulled some debris suspected from the aircraft at waters between Lancang Island and Laki Island.

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