The lack of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 on Saturday was a grim begin to the 12 months in a sprawling archipelago nation the place barely a 12 months goes by with out an air catastrophe.

Disinfecting body bags and plane parts from Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 at a port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday. Disinfecting physique luggage and airplane components from Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 at a port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday. Credit…Tatan Syuflana/Associated Press

  • Jan. 10, 2021Updated 10:34 a.m. ET

BANGKOK — As the coronavirus pandemic cleared Indonesia’s skies of airline site visitors, Capt. Afwan, an skilled Boeing 737 pilot for Sriwijaya Air, waited.

A former Indonesian Air Force pilot who was broadly admired and had greater than 30 years of flying expertise, he crammed his time with Sriwijaya flight simulator classes meant to make sure that pilots accomplished the minimal flying hours to maintain their licenses. Like many in his Muslim majority-nation, he prayed repeatedly and suggested colleagues to keep up their piety, too.

On Saturday, Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, with Captain Afwan in cost, crashed into the Java Sea a couple of minutes after takeoff in heavy rain. The Boeing 737-500 collection passenger jet carried 62 folks, together with six energetic crew.

By Sunday afternoon, divers had retrieved objects from the airplane in waters northwest of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta: chunks of fuselage, airplane wheels and waterlogged youngsters’s garments. Ten youngsters and infants had been aboard the flight, en route from Jakarta to town of Pontianak on the island of Borneo, a roughly 90-minute journey.

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Indonesian Navy divers salvaging wreckage from the jetliner, which crashed on Saturday.Indonesian Navy divers salvaging wreckage from the jetliner, which crashed on Saturday.Credit…Achmad Ibrahim/Associated Press

The Indonesian authorities didn’t appear to anticipate survivors, a grim begin to the 12 months in a sprawling archipelago nation the place barely a 12 months goes by with out a main airplane accident. As Indonesia’s aviation sector has expanded rapidly, safety and operational standards haven’t stored tempo, trade insiders stated.

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