The Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed on Saturday didn’t fly for practically 9 months final yr, with air journey severely lowered due to the coronavirus pandemic, Indonesia’s transportation ministry mentioned, as search crews pulled one of many airplane’s so-called black containers from the Java Sea.
The Boeing Co. 737-500 was inspected and declared airworthy earlier than resuming flying operations, the ministry mentioned.
The Indonesian provider’s plane with 62 individuals on board went down minutes after taking off from the nation’s capital, Jakarta. Divers and search crew, who grappled with sharp particles and low underwater visibility, managed to get well the airplane’s flight-data recorder on Tuesday, an essential early step in uncovering why SJ182 crashed.
The airplane had stopped working in late March, weeks after Indonesia introduced its first Covid-19 case, the transportation ministry mentioned. The plane started flying once more on Dec. 19, after clearing an inspection by the ministry’s Air Transportation Directorate General, it mentioned.
Its first flight after the lengthy hiatus didn’t carry passengers and was noncommercial, the ministry mentioned. The airplane started flying with passengers on Dec. 22, 2½ weeks earlier than the crash. The plane’s certificates of airworthiness from the transport ministry is legitimate till Dec. 17, 2021, the ministry mentioned.
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