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Sriwijaya Air Passenger Aircraft Loses Contact after Taking Off

Sriwijaya Air Passenger Aircraft Loses Contact after Taking Off (wikimedia)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - A passenger aircraft operated by Indonesian airline company Sriwijaya Air flying from Jakarta to Pontianak has reportedly lost contact with air traffic control on Saturday (01/09/2021). The last contact with the aircraft, flight number SJ182, was recorded at 14:40 Indonesian Western Time.

Spokesperson for the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation Aditia Irawati has confirmed the report. The Ministry of Transportation is coordinating with the National SAR Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) regarding the incident.

"We will provide further information if there are other developments," Aditia said.

Meanwhile, Theodora Erika, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications at Sriwijaya Air, said airline company has been contact with various related parties to get more detailed information on Sriwiyaja Air flight SJ-182, with a flight course from Jakarta to Pontianak.

Sriwijaya Air's management is still communicating and investigating this matter, and will immediately issue an official statement after obtaining more information.

Separately, Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Commander Marshal TNI Hadi Tjahjanto said TNI has prepared a Search and Rescue (SAR) mission for the Sriwijaya Air SJ-182 aircraft that lost contact. The TNI commander said the air fleet at Halim Airbase and the Indonesian Navy fleet were prepared to assist with SAR missions.

"The closest naval unit is in Tanjung Pasir in Tangerang on the north coast of Jakarta Bay. The Indonesian Air Force aircraft are at Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Base. Likewise, other SAR potentials from the TNI are alerted to assist," Hadi said.