BMKG reminds that there is a potential for CB clouds to endanger flights

BMKG reminds that there is a potential for CB clouds to endanger flights - The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said that currently the potential for Cumulonimbus (CB) clouds to appear is still quite high.

CB clouds that can endanger flights, the same as those that allegedly affected the Sriwijaya Air SJ 182 plane, have the potential to exist in various regions in Indonesia, from Sumatra to Papua.

"Based on BMKG research and estimates submitted last December and which will continue to be updated until January 2021, in general there is still a high potential for the formation of CB clouds which could endanger flights," said BMKG Head, Dwikorita Karnawati, in a press statement.

In more detail, Deputy for Meteorology Guswanto explained that the potential for the formation of CB clouds is in the regions of Aceh, North Sumatra, Riau, Riau Islands, Bengkulu, Lampung, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and South Kalimantan.

Besides that, the same situation has the potential to occur in the Natuna Sea, Karimata Strait, Java Sea, West Java, Central Java, East Java, South Indian Ocean of Java, South Sulawesi, West Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Gorontalo and Papua.

"BMKG again advises residents and all parties related to the transportation sector to always increase their vigilance for significant weather or the potential for extreme weather that can occur at the peak of this rainy season, in order to realize safety in flight services," said Guswanto.

Regarding the Sriwijaya Air SJ 182 plane disaster, the BMKG said that on Saturday (9/1) at 14.40 WIB there was a CB cloud with a cloud span radius of about 15 km and the cloud top temperature reached minus 70 degrees Celsius.

Under these circumstances Lightning and Atmospheric Researcher, Deni Septiadi, can affect the plane and can trigger engine failure.

"Meanwhile, bad weather or the presence of Cb cells affects aerodynamic conditions due to turbulence, which disrupts and affects aircraft performance and can lead to engine failure."

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