Safety on a Budget: The crash of Sriwijaya Air flight 182

An official inspects pieces of Sriwijaya Air flight 182 lined up on the dock in Jakarta. (Reuters)
A 2009 timetable for Sriwijaya Air seems to have been an exercise in jamming as many different fonts onto one poster as possible. (Airline Timetable Images)
PK-CLC, the airplane involved in the accident, seen here in 2019. (Leony Eka Prakasa)
The six crewmembers of flight 182. Although the photographs are not labeled, Captain Afwan and First Officer Mamahit appear to be the first and second from the left, respectively. (Aviation Voice)
The route of Sriwijaya Air flight 182. (Google, annotations mine)
An example of what the thrust levers on a Boeing 737–500 would look like during an asymmetric thrust condition. Note that in the photo, the left engine is at high power, not the right one. (MAK)
The flight path of flight 182, with its major changes in direction highlighted. (BBC and Flightradar24, some annotations mine)
This diagram produced based on ADS-B data broadcast from the flight shows just how quickly it plunged into the sea. (AFP and Flightradar24)
Recovery crews pull pieces of the 737 from the Java Sea. (New York Times)
KNKT investigators examine an unidentified piece of wreckage. (Reuters)
Among the debris laid out on the dock, you can see a piece bearing part of the plane’s registration number, PK-CLC. (ABC News)
The average size of the wreckage pieces provides some indication as the the force of the impact. (Reuters)
Some choice pieces were presented to journalists at a news conference. (Basarnas)
A badly damaged engine core was among the largest pieces recovered. (
Underwater images show airplane debris mixed in with personal effects, such as a child’s Marvel backpack.
On the surface of this battered piece of fuselage skin, every gouge tells a story. (Reuters)
KNKT investigators examine pieces of an engine. (New York Times)
Police carry a piece of wreckage onto the pier in Jakarta. (ABC News)
A piece of wreckage is hauled aboard a recovery vessel. (AFP)
Recovery crews haul aboard what appears to be part of a landing gear wheel. (Bloomberg)
KNKT investigators examine an engine fan stage. (Bloomberg)
A slide from a promotional presentation about UPRT in the late 90s or early 2000s.
Another view of pieces of wreckage arranged on the dock. (New York Times)
Recovery workers transport a body off one of the salvage ships. (Reuters)
Another body is removed from the scene. (Republika)
Relatives of victims spread flowers at the crash site in the Thousand Islands. (AP)



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Admiral Cloudberg

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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at