CVR, FDR Signals Detected from Doomed Sriwijaya Air 737

 - January 11, 2021, 8:45 AM
Basarnas officials conduct a briefing on the crash of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 amid airplane debris found in the Java Sea. (Photo: Basarnas)

Indonesian investigators have detected signals from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 that crashed Saturday into the Java Sea, killing all 62 onboard. Officials from Indonesian search and rescue agency Basarnas reported Monday that search crews have recovered seven bags of body parts among the aircraft debris in the area of the crash and that they expected no survivors.

Operating as flight SJ182, the 26-year-old Boeing 737-500 took off from Jakarta at 07:36 UTC on January 9 on a flight to the Indonesian city of Pontianak on the island of Borneo. Air traffic control lost contact about four minutes later, after the 26-year-old airplane reached an altitude of 10,900 feet and descended to 250 feet in less than a minute, according to flight-tracking service FlightRadar24.

By the time darkness fell on Saturday search crews had found pieces of debris in the Java Sea northwest of Jakarta but no bodies. Preliminary reports out of Indonesia indicate that SJ182 took off following a departure delay due to heavy rain.

In a written statement, Boeing acknowledged the reports of the accident and said it was closely monitoring the situation and working to gather more information. In another statement, the Air Line Pilots Association cautioned about speculation on the cause of the crash.

Analyst Spire Aviation used its satellite data to track the flight path for SJ182, which can be seen in this video. This shows the last known position for the aircraft (tail number PK-CLC) at 07.40 UTC.