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On Saturday, a Boeing plane carrying 62 passengers disappeared minutes after take off and authorities say it is assumed to have crashed into the Java Sea.
The Indonesian Sriwijaya Air flight #SJ182 took off from Jakarta, Indonesia and was carrying 50 passengers and 12 crew members.
According to the flight tracker website FlightRadar24, the plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in under a minute. A local fisherman told BBC that he witnessed the crash saying “The plane fell like lightning into the sea and exploded in the water.” Some debris from the plane has been found in the water, according to Indonesian media reports.
The plane was a 26-year-old Boeing 737-500, part of the “Classic” 737 series which finished production in 1999. The cause of the crash is unclar.
Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at Teal Group, doesn’t believe the crash was a the result of a design flaw with the model.
“This is not even the model before the Max, it has been in service for 30 years so it’s unlikely to be a design fault,” he told Bloomberg. “Thousands of these planes have been built and production ended over 20 years ago, so something would have been discovered by now.”
In an email to Insider, Aboulafia said that while 26-years of service exceeds the typical retirement age of many planes, it’s not unusual for an aircraft that old to be flying.
“And it would be totally safe assuming the correct maintenance procedures were in place and enforced by local regulators,” he wrote.
The suspected crash comes amid a few tough few years for Boeing.
In October 2018 and in March 2019, two Boeing 737 Max model planes crashed, killing a total of 364 people. The plane was ordered ground around the world while regulators and Boeing …read more
Source:: Business Insider