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Sriwijaya Air airplane feared crashed off Jakarta

  • Novan Iman Santosa

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, January 9, 2021   /  08:43 pm
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Indonesian soldiers are seen at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, after Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 with more than 50 people on board lost contact after taking off on Saturday afternoon, according to local media.(REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan)

The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has deployed personnel to the last known location of a Sriwijaya Air airplane that disappeared from radar on Saturday afternoon and is believed to have crashed off the coast of Jakarta. “We have sent our ships to the area believed to be the crash site,” Basarnas chief Air Marshal Bagus Puruhito said in a press conference on Saturday evening. He added that debris believed to be from the plane had been found by the Lancang Island Police in Thousand Islands regency, just off Jakarta's coast. The press conference was also attended by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) chief Soerjanto Tjahjono, State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) president director Muhammad Awaluddin, Airnav Indonesia president director M. Pramint...