JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesian Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi has said that Sriwijaya Air passenger aircraft flight SJ 182, on flight from Jakarta to Pontianak, lost contact four minutes after takeoff from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang.
The Transportation Minister said Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182 took off at 14:36 Indonesian Western Time, and was declared lost contact at 14:40 Indonesian Western Time.
"There is lost contact with the Sriwijaya aircraft call sign SJY 182 on the Jakarta-Pontianak route. The last contact was at 14:40 Indonesian Western Time," Budi said in a press conference at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, on Saturday (01/09/2021).
According to records, flight SJ 182 was allowed to rise to an altitude of 29,000 feet at 14:37 Indonesian Western Time. After that, the aircraft was observed not matching the direction of travel. Moments later, the aircraft disappeared from radar.
"That was why ATC asked the aircraft to report the direction of flight. In a second count, flight SJY 182 disappeared from the radar," said Budi.
He added that the Ministry of Transportation has coordinated with related parties, and that the search efforts would be maximized.
Budi said the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has deployed SAR vessels to the location where the aircraft had crashed.