Sriwijaya Air crash raises further questions about Indonesia’s aviation industry

Sriwijaya Air crash raises further questions about Indonesia’s aviation industry

Indonesia’s aviation industry has been thrust into the spotlight once more after a Sriwijaya Air jet carrying 62 people crashed into the Java Sea over the weekend.

Flight SJ-182 took off from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta international airport on Saturday and was scheduled to land in the city of Pontianak on the Indonesian side of Borneo, but lost contact about 11 nautical miles from its departure airport before crashing into the sea.

The flight took off from the same airport as the fatal Lion Air 373 MAX crash in October 2018 that killed 189 people, leading to the worldwide grounding of the aircraft model.

Indonesian authorities located the black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air flight on Sunday, along with an assortment of suspected pieces of the plane and human remains, according to ABC News.

Indonesia National Transport Safety Committee chief Soerjanto Tjahjono said he hopes they will be retrieved soon.

Less than four minutes into the flight, which took off amid heavy rains, the jet disappeared from the radar, according to CNN.

The crash location was identified on Sunday morning and Navy divers were deployed to begin the search.

So far, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has retrieved five body bags containing victims and ten bags filled with pieces of wreckage.

Even before the latest crash, Indonesia had recorded 687 aviation-related fatalities over the past decade, making it the most deadly aviation market in the world, ABC News reported.

Greg Waldron, Asia managing editor at industry publication FlightGlobal, told ABC News that Sriwijaya Air will also be under scrutiny, having written off three 737s between 2008 and 2012 due to bad landings.

More than half of the airline’s fleet has been grounded by the country’s transportation ministry due to concerns over the plane’s airworthiness.

Boeing has released a statement on flight SJ-182 and said it was aware of reports about the flight.

“Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families. We are in contact with our airline customer and stand ready to support them during this difficult time,” the company said.

The airline posted to Twitter on Sunday confirming the crash.

“Sriwijaya Air expressed its concern and conveyed its deep condolences to all the families of passengers and flight crew on the SJ-182 flight,” the airline said.

“We will continue to provide full support and assistance to the families of SJ-182 passengers during the evacuation and identification process. Sriwijaya Air will continue to coordinate with the authorities in a joint effort to carry out the evacuation and investigation process of the aircraft.”

The airline said the plane was carrying six crew members, 40 adult passengers, seven children, three babies and six more crew members as passengers.


Featured image source: National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas)

Latest News

  • Health & Wellness

Sydney is named the world’s top running destination

In the last week, searches for ‘running shorts’ have increased by 82 per cent! Fitness holidays are in high demand with over 200K searches (Google, TikTok and Instagram) but of all the fitness travel trends ‘trail running’ is the peak of popularity with searches up 50 per cent since the start of 2024! So which […]

  • Aviation

Hawaiian Airlines celebrates 20 years of flying to Australia

Hawaiian Airlines marked 20 years of flying to Australia at an appropriately themed cocktail party for 150 guests at Hyde Bar, Pullman Quay Grand Circular Quay, featuring hula dancers, Hawaiian musicians, mai tais, mango martinis and leis. Among the guests were Sydney Airport Station Manager Kathy Mainerd who was also present for the very first […]

  • Aviation

How well did Singapore Airlines handle the aftermath of turbulence terror

It was a routine flight for the passengers and crew of SQ321, taking off from London en route to Singapore. But about 10 hours into the flight, with breakfast service underway, horror-struck, the plane entered an air pocket and dropped a suspected 6000 ft in just three minutes, killing one man and injuring several others. […]

  • Hotels
  • News

Hari Nair On How Expedia Is Tackling Hotel Industry Challenges Head On

Like its counterparts globally, the Australian hotel industry faces many challenges, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising operating costs, increased competition for talent, and changing traveller expectations have forced hotels to adapt quickly to remain competitive. At the recent EXPLORE conference in Las Vegas, Hari Nair, Global SVP & GM of Lodging […]

  • Attractions
  • Tourism

“I wanna try it!” – Internet goes WILD over the world’s largest plastic slide

If you are of a certain millennial age persuasion you may remember rainbow road on Nintendo’s Mario Kart. Evidently created by someone fresh from an acid trip, rainbow road allowed you to drive your kart merrily over a twisting, luminous, multi-coloured road suspended in space, all whilst listening to mildly aggressive techno music. If your […]

  • Aviation

Board Air Canada in Sydney’s CBD via a sleek Light Rail

Visitors flocking to Vivid Sydney will glide through the CBD in the newest addition to the Air Canada fleet – a sleek Light Rail tram wrapped in the airline’s unique livery. The Air Canada-themed tram is part of a new marketing campaign designed to put Air Canada in lights during the Vivid Sydney festival (25 […]

  • Destinations

Australia’s value to the UK visitor economy now the highest on record

A record number of Australians are visiting Britain and spending more than ever before, according to the latest official statistics highlighted by Britain’s National Tourist Agency, VisitBritain. In 2023, Australia’s value to the visitor economy was the highest on record. Visitors from Australia spent a record-breaking £1.6 billion ($3.07 million) on their trips to the […]

  • Tourism

Sensory Tourism Australia launches new travel experiences for vision-impaired international visitors

Sensory Tourism Australia launched its brand at the Australian Tourism Exchange in Melbourne this week and is set to provide inclusive and accessible products for vision-impaired international visitors. Sensory tourism is an emerging concept that presents destinations differently, with less emphasis on traditional sightseeing – created by the founders of Cocky Guides, an award-winning group […]

  • Destinations

Dubai tourism numbers soar despite Middle East conflict, top boss tells Travel Weekly

An exclusive Q&A with Shahab Shayan, Dubai Tourism Regional Director for Asia-Pacific addressing all the questions you might have. The Middle East is opening its doors to tourism. Qatar airport has been crowned No.1 airport globally and Saudi Arabia seems to be attracting a buzz. Where does Dubai fit into this equation? We are excited […]

  • Cruise
  • News

Carnival Splendor to the rescue of Aussies and Kiwis left stranded in Vanuatu

Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor has come to the aid of a group left stranded in Vanuatu, following the collapse of Air Vanuatu. The group, eight Australians and one New Zealander, were visiting the island of Santo when Air Vanuatu cancelled all flights, leaving them without a way home. Carnival Cruise Line responded by offering […]

  • Hotels
  • News

Minor Hotels’ Anantara group reimagines the brand as its portfolio surpasses 50 properties

Anantara Hotels & Resorts is marking a significant milestone with a reimagined brand identity as recent openings across Europe, Middle East and Asia have propelled the brand portfolio beyond 50 properties. Part of the Minor Hotels group, the Anantara visual refresh takes an elegant, pared-back approach that enables each hotel’s unique character to shine – […]

  • Tourism

Club Med Musandam is newest addition to the resort group and a first for the Middle East

Club Med has announced the newest addition to its Exclusive Collection portfolio with the opening of Club Med Musandam, the first Club Med resort in the Middle East. Set to be unveiled in 2028, the development of Club Med Musandam marks a significant investment milestone, surpassing the $100 million mark. A ground-breaking development as a […]