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Boeing B737 Loss Of Control During Cruise

This report is on the accident involving Boeing B737-300, which crashed into the Musi river near Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, on 19 December 1997, The B737 was operating as a scheduled passenger flight from Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport to Singapore Changi Airport. The airplane descended from its cruising altitude of 35,000 feet and impacted the Musi river, near the village of Sunsang, about 30 nautical miles north-north-east of Palembang in South Sumatra. Prior to the sudden descent from 35,000 feet, the flight data recorders stopped recording at different times. There were no mayday calls transmitted from the airplane prior or during the descent. All 104 persons on board did not survive the accident, and the airplane was completely destroyed by impact forces.

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