The Sriwijaya Air plane that crashed on Saturday did not fly for nearly nine months last year, and air travel was significantly reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic, Indonesia’s transport ministry said as search teams pulled out one of the so-called black boxes. the plane from the Java Sea.
Boeing Co. 737-500 was inspected and declared airworthy before resuming flight operations, the ministry said.
The plane of the Indonesian carrier with 62 people on board crashed minutes after taking off from the capital Jakarta. Divers and search crew, caught with sharp debris and low underwater visibility, were able to recover the aircraft’s flight recorder on Tuesday, an important early step in uncovering the cause of the SJ182 crash.
The plane stopped operating in late March, weeks after Indonesia announced its first Covid-1
His first flight after a long break did not carry passengers and was non-commercial, the ministry said. The plane began flying with passengers on December 22, 2½ weeks before the crash. The certificate of airworthiness of the aircraft from the Ministry of Transport is valid until December 17, 2021, the ministry announced.