Indonesian Navy recovers engine from Sriwijaya Air wreckage

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One of the engines was recovered from the wreckage of the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 that crashed in the Java Sea with 62 people on board on January 9, 2021. Now that the flight data recorders have been located, rescue operations continue to try and retrieve them.

The Boeing 737, registered PK-CLC, took off from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport (CGK) to carry out flight SJ182 to Pontianak Supadio Airport (PNK), Indonesia on January 9, 2021. The aircraft was carrying 62 people, including two pilots, four flight attendants, 50 passengers, and 6 crew members traveling as passengers. 

Approximately five minutes after takeoff, as it was flying over the Java Sea near Laki Island, the aircraft lost altitude and plunged down by 10,000 feet in less than a minute, data shows. 

Throughout the following days, search and rescue operations recovered debris from the wreckage. On January 11, 2020, the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) announced that one of the CFM56-3B1 engines was recovered. “The turbine was found in the vicinity of KRI Rigel [an Offshore Support Vessel of the Indonesian Navy] using a 3-dimensional sonar,” Marine Major Commander Orri Ronsumbre said.

With 697 deaths recorded during the last decade (before the crash of the flight SJ182) Indonesia is the deadliest country in the world in terms of air safety, ahead of Russia, Iran, and Pakistan. Until 2018, Indonesian airlines were on the European Union’s blacklist.


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