Warships and Helicopters Search for Wreckage of Crashed Sriwijaya Air Flight

Indonesian search and rescue teams combed an area of sea north of the capital Jakarta on January 10 after a Sriwijaya Air flight disappeared shortly after takeoff the day before.

Warships, helicopters, and divers were deployed to the area to find the aircraft, according to local news reports. One body bag of human remains had been received by Jakarta police, local news said.

Sriwijaya Air said in a statement that the plane lost contact at 2:40 pm local time. The aircraft was manned by six crew members and was carrying 56 passengers, 10 of whom were children, and six of whom were airline staff, the airline said.

The country’s transport ministry said officials observed the plane heading in the wrong direction and disappearing from radar seconds after an air traffic controller asked for a report.

According to FlightRadar24 data the plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute.

After receiving reports of the contact loss, the National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) dispatched a team to an area between Lancang Island and Laki Island, where the plane was suspected to have lost contact. Credit: BASARNAS via Storyful