Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 crashes in Indonesia

Aviation Updates Philippines (UPDATED) – A Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-524(WL), with flight number SJ-182, crashed into the Java Sea on Saturday, CNN reported, citing the head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, Suryanto Cahyono.

While operating a flight from Jakarta to Pontianak, flight 182, carrying 50 passengers and 12 crew members, crashed just four minutes after take-off amid inclement weather. Indonesia's Transportation Ministry said the last contact with the flight was established at 2:40 pm local time.

The aircraft crashed near Thousand Islands; witnesses within the area reported two loud explosions before finding debris in the sea, according to a detailed report from The Aviation Herald. Authorities have retrieved alleged aircraft parts but not one has been confirmed yet.

Search and rescue operations, which have recently restarted on Sunday morning, have continued in hopes of finding more victims of flight SJ-182. National Search And Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) led the rescue efforts in the crash site.

Sriwijaya Air released a media statement the morning after: "Our prayers go out to all our passengers and crew and their families. Until now, we continue to coordinate with the relevant authorities and provide all necessary support."

Families and relatives may contact the airline's hotlines at 021 - 8063 7816 and 021 - 8063 7817.

Meanwhile, Boeing also released a statement via Twitter: "We are aware of media reports from Jakarta regarding Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182. Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families. We are in contact with our airline customer and stand ready to support them during this difficult time."