TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan) on Tuesday revealed that there were no signs of extreme weather during the fateful flight of Sriwijaya Air SJ182 destined to Pontianak which unfortunately crashed into the Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu) waters.
Citing government-run media Antaranews, Lapan chairperson Thomas Djamaluddin on January 12, said, "It was cloudy but there were no indications of extreme conditions."
Referring to Lapan’s Sadewa or Satellite-based Disaster Early Warning System, there was no extreme rainfall nor were there thick clouds at the spot. The institute's satellite and atmospheric monitoring devices had shown no extreme atmospheric condition taking place there.
Thomas said the atmospheric dynamics that formed over Sriwijaya SJ182 at the time could affect passing aircraft but would not certainly be the main cause for the Boeing 737 to fall.
Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 tragically crashed not long after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Saturday, January 9. The Boeing 737-500 initially lost contact with air traffic control just four minutes after taking off at 14:36 Western Indonesia Time (WIB) for a domestic flight en route to Pontianak.
The plane carried a total of 62 people with 40 adult passengers, seven children, three babies, and 12 crew members.