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Sriwijaya Air crash blamed on system and pilot failure: Indonesia

Accident plunged 62 people to their deaths in Java Sea in 2021

Nurcahyo Utomo, the head of the subcommittee on air accident investigations at Indonesia's National Committee for Transportation Safety, on Nov. 10 explains what led to the fatal crash of a Sriwijaya Air passenger jet almost two years ago.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- A mechanical failure and pilots who were not put through a specific kind of training contributed to the fatal crash of a Sriwijaya Air flight into the Java Sea in January 2021, investigators said Thursday.

The 26-year-old Boeing 737 500 crashed 13 minutes after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta airport outside Jakarta on Jan. 9, 2021. It was en route to Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan Province. All 62 people on board were killed.

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