JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Seribu Islands Regent Junaedi says Sriwijaya Air flight SJY 182 passenger aircraft has crashed in the waters around Laki Island in South South Seribu Islands on Saturday (01/09/2021).
"We obtained information from the fishermen. They said they saw something falling in the sea around the waters of Lancang Island and Laki Island. The vibration of the plane that crashed in the waters was felt in the Lancang Island settlement," Junaedi said on Saturday afternoon.
Junaedi said he received information that the aircraft allegedly crashed at around 14:30 Indonesian Western Time. A joint search and rescue team from Pari Island and nearby islands, assisted by fishermen, are combing the areas around Lancang Island and Laki Island.
Meanwhile, Head of Pari Island Mahtum said the joint team had found debris from the Sriwijaya Air passenger aircraft in the waters of Laki Island.
"The pieces of the plane have been found. The joint search and rescue team are still searching for victims of Sriwijaya Air passengers," Mahtum added.
Earlier, the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation confirmed that the Sriwijaya Air passenger jet bound for Pontianak from Jakarta, with flight number SJY 182, had lost contact at 14:40 Indonesian Western Time.
"There has been a lost contact from the Sriwijaya Air aircraft on the Jakarta-Pontianak route. The fight has a call sign of SJY 182. The last contact was at 14:40 Indonesian Western Time," said Novie Riyanto, Director General of Air Transportation at the Ministry of Transportation.
Novie said that the Ministry of Transportation is launching an investigation, as well as coordinating with the National Search and Rescue Agency and the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT).
"We will provide further information if there are other developments," he said.
The Sriwijaya Air passenger aircraft, a Boeing 737-500 with registration number PK CLC, lost contact 11 nautical miles north of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, after passing an altitude of 11,000 feet. At the moment of lost contact, the aircraft was rising to an altitude of 13,000 feet.