Preliminary report into Sriwijaya Air crash expected on Feb 10, say Indonesian investigators

A member of the Indonesian navy inspects a piece of debris of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182, which crashed to the sea, at the Jakarta coast January 12, 2021. — Reuters pic
A member of the Indonesian navy inspects a piece of debris of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182, which crashed to the sea, at the Jakarta coast January 12, 2021. — Reuters pic

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JAKARTA, Feb 8 — Indonesia's air accident investigator expects to release the preliminary report into last month's deadly crash of a Sriwijaya Air plane on February 10, the agency's head said today.

The report will be uploaded to the National Transportation Safety Committee's (KNKT) website once available, its chief Soerjanto Tjahjono told Reuters in a text message.

The 26-year-old Boeing Co 737-500 jet crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta on January 9, killing all 62 people on board.

Investigators quickly located and read the plane's flight data recorder and sent parts of the plane, including the autothrottle system that controls engine power automatically, to the United States and Britain for examination.

Divers have yet to recover the cockpit voice recorder, which would help investigators better understand any human factors related to the crash. — Reuters

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