Indonesia plane crash: Wreckage of missing flight found in sea with no sign of survivors
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Rescuers have located the wreckage of missing Siriwijaya Air flight SJ182, which crashed minutes after taking off carrying 62 people.
Rescuers have now pinpointed the location of the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, which they hope can shed light on the tragedy.
Body parts and clothing were among the objects pulled from the Java Sea, authorities said in a statement.
Indonesian Air Forces chief Hadi Tjahjanto said: “The two signals emitted by the black box are continuously monitored and now we have them marked.
Debris from the flight is carried from the sea
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“Hopefully in not too long we can lift up the black boxes for the National Transportation Safety Committee to investigate and find out the cause of the crash.”
Ten children were among those on board and loved ones face an agonising wait for confirmation of their fate.
The Boeing 737-500 was headed to Pontianak in West Kalimantan before it disappeared on Saturday from radar screens four minutes after takeoff.
The crash is the first major airline incident in Indonesia since the crash of a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max in 2018 that killed all 189 passengers and crew.
A huge search was launched following the tragedy yesterday
A huge search operation was launched after the plane crashed
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That plane also crashed into the Java Sea soon after takeoff from Soekarno-Hatta airport.
"We have detected signals in two points," Bagus Puruhito, chief of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, told reporters aboard a military ship. "This could be the black box – we will investigate."
Indonesian Navy official Wahyudin Arif told iNEWS they have found suspected pieces of the plane fuselage of about three feet in length, part of a tyre and human body parts.
Indonesian rescue workers scour the sea searching for Sriwijaya Air plane flight SJ182
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Parts believed to be from the missing plane have been found in the sea
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Media reports said body parts had been taken to a police hospital for identification.
Search teams and fishermen earlier retrieved other debris and a section of an emergency chute believed to come from the jet in the seas off Jakarta.
"I am optimistic we will find (the plane) soon," Henri Alfiandi, an assistant to the chief of staff of the Indonesian Air Force, told a news briefing.
The plane crashed into the sea minutes after taking off from Jakarta
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Muhammad Yassin, director of the POLAIR marine police, told local media the search is focusing on the outer ring of the Laki and Lancang islands off the Jakarta coast.
The sea in this area is about 65-75 feet deep.
The Sriwijaya Air plane was a nearly 27-year-old Boeing 737-500, much older than Boeing's problem-plagued 737 MAX model.
Local fishermen and rescuers hold suspected remains of the Sriwijaya Air plane flight SJ182
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Older 737 models are widely flown and do not have the system implicated in the MAX safety crisis.
"We are in contact with our airline customer and stand ready to support them during this difficult time," Boeing said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families."
Distraught relatives waited in Pontianak about 460 miles from Jakarta for news of their loved ones.
At Jakarta's main airport a crisis centre was set up for relatives.
Founded in 2003, Jakarta-based Sriwijaya Air group flies largely within Indonesia.
The budget airline has had a solid safety record, with no onboard casualties in four incidents recorded on the Aviation Safety Network database.