Navy divers retrieve black box of crashed Sriwijaya Air plane

Jakarta The Indonesian Navy's divers found and retrieved the flight data recorder of the Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 from the seabed around 4:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

It was found lying about 23 meters below the water surface.

The black box of the aircraft, which was carrying 50 passengers and 12 crew members on board when it crashed into the ocean on January 9, 2021, was transported to the Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta.

Divers from the Navy's joint team put the flight data recorder (FDR) in a box and transported it 0onto a naval sea rider boat headed to the JICT.

Commander of the Navy's Task Force for the Sriwijaya Air search operation, Commodore Yayan Sofyan, and director of the Navy's operational affairs at the Frogman Commando Center (Puskopaska), Colonel Johan Wahyudi, brought the black box of the Boeing 737-500 jet to the JICT.

According to Kompas TV, from the JICT, the black box was handed over to the National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) officials for examination.

Regarding the air accident, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, said the crash had prompted the government to look into improving the domestic aircraft maintenance system.

"This is a tragedy. Hence, in my opinion, we will continue to improve the maintenance of our aircraft," the minister remarked at the online launch of the Proud of Indonesian Products movement on Monday.

Pandjaitan condoled the deaths of the crash victims and led prayers for them at the event.

The Transportation Ministry had earlier confirmed that airport authorities had lost contact with the Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182, serving the Jakarta-Pontianak route, around 2:40 p.m. local time on Saturday (January 9, 2021).

According to the ministry, the last contact with the Boeing 737-500 jet, bearing the registration number PK-CLC, was made at 11 nautical miles north of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, after the aircraft crossed an altitude of 11 thousand feet and was ascending to 13 thousand feet.

The plane took off from Soekarno-Hatta Airport at 2:40 p.m. local time on Saturday (January 9, 2021) and was scheduled to land at Supadio Airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, at 3:50 p.m. local time.

Source: Antara News

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