On December 19, 1997 a Silk Air Boeing B737-300 aircraft departed Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta with 97 passengers, 5 cabin crew and 2 cockpit crew. The aircraft took off in daylight with good weather conditions and climbed to 35,000 feet. The aircraft suddenly dropped 400 feet in 8 seconds and continued in a rapid descent initiating in-flight breakup followed by complete disintegration of the aircraft upon impact with the Musi River. All 104 persons on board were killed. Although 73% of the wreckage was recovered, most of the samples consisted of small highly distorted parts.
Rapperport Associates was engaged to develop a simulation of the final flight path based on flight recorder data, radar information and debris field scatter.Return to Case Studies