It looks like the year 2020 is still haunting the mankind!! Just 9 days into the New Year and the world witnessed a horrific plane crash on Saturday. The dreadful incident happened in Indonesia where a Boeing 737-524 plane of Sriwijaya Air (Indonesia’s third largest airline) with 62 passengers on board crashed into the Java Sea minutes after its take off. The flight was delayed amidst heavy monsoon season rain. The plane finally took off from the Capital City Jakarta and was destined to reach Pontianak city on Borneo Island. However just four minutes after its take off the plane lost the contact with the ATC (Air Traffic Controller). The last contact with the Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 was made at 2.40 pm local time. According to the flight tracking service, Flightradar24, the 26-year old Boeing plane descended more than 10,000 feet in less than a minute and unfortunately crashed into the Java Sea. The reason for this crash has not been determined.
Aviation Sector in Indonesia has seen fatal crashes
The National Search and Rescue Agency of Indonesia said that it has found pieces of debris in waters which might be wreckage of the crashed plane at a place known as The thousand Islands. Darkness and unfavorable weather conditions hampered the search process. Till now, there is no sign of any survivors of this plane crash. Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesia’s Transport Ministry said that survey of the location would be done on Saturday thus dimming the hopes that survivors, if any would be found. Aviation Sector in Indonesia has an unfortunate history of crashes and safety lapses. No one can forget Lion Air Flight 610 crash which claimed the life of 189 people.
Is Boeing Anti-Stall System again the culprit of this Crash
Boeing took notice of this crash and tweeted that the company is in contact with the airline customers and is ready to support in this difficult time. CFM International which manufactured the plane’s engines issued a statement that it is providing technical aid to Indonesian Authorities and Sriwijaya Airlines. The crash comes at a time when Boeing’s reputation is at stake by two 737 Max Plane crashes in 2018 owing to a fault in anti-stall system. The two fatal crashes resulted in grounding of the MAX fleet, initiated criminal probe and ultimately led to suspension of Boeing’s CEO.