Jakarta: Divers pulled physique elements, wreckage and clothes from waters off Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Sunday, because the navy picked up a sign from the wreckage of a passenger jet that crashed with 62 individuals on board.
The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 went right into a steep dive about 4 minutes after it left Soekarno-Hatta worldwide airport in Jakarta on Saturday afternoon.
A navy vessel picked up the aircraft’s sign, and divers recovered wreckage from round 23 metres (75 toes) under the water’s floor, the transport ministry mentioned Sunday, citing Indonesia’s navy chief Hadi Tjahjanto.
It didn’t specify if the sign was from the downed aircraft’s voice and flight information recorder.
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo expressed his “deep condolences”, and known as on residents to “pray collectively in order that victims will be discovered”.
However the frantic search involving helicopters and a flotilla of warships appeared to supply no hope of discovering any survivors.
The search and rescue company mentioned it had up to now collected 5 physique baggage with human stays in addition to particles from the crash web site.
A baby’s pink clothes, a damaged tyre and wheel, life jackets and wreckage from the aircraft have been discovered, in line with authorities and AFP reporters on the scene.
Among the many passengers was Beben Sofian, 59, and her husband Dan Razanah, 58.
“They took a selfie and despatched it to their youngsters earlier than taking off,” the couple’s nephew Hendra informed AFP.
All 62 individuals on board, passengers and crew, have been Indonesians, together with 10 youngsters, authorities mentioned.
‘Torn into items’
Flight SJ182 was sure for Pontianak metropolis on Indonesia’s part of Borneo island, about 90 minutes flying time over the Java Sea.
On Saturday evening, distraught family members waited nervously for information at Pontianak airport.
“I’ve 4 relations on the flight — my spouse and three youngsters,” Yaman Zai mentioned as he sobbed.
“(My spouse) despatched me an image of the child right this moment… How might my coronary heart not be torn into items?”
The aircraft crashed close to common day-trip islands simply off the coast.
Knowledge from FlightRadar24 indicated that the airliner reached an altitude of almost 11,000 toes (3,350 metres) earlier than dropping instantly to 250 toes. It then misplaced contact with air site visitors management.
The transport minister mentioned Saturday that the jet appeared to deviate from its meant course simply earlier than it disappeared from radar.
Poor climate, pilot error or a technical drawback with the aircraft have been potential elements, mentioned Jakarta-based aviation analyst Gerry Soejatman.
“However it’s approach too early to conclude something,” he added.
“After the black field is discovered we are able to begin placing the puzzle collectively.”
Sriwijaya Air, which operates flights to locations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, has mentioned solely that it was investigating the lack of contact.
It didn’t instantly remark when contacted by AFP once more on Sunday.
Popularity for poor security
In October 2018, 189 individuals have been killed when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet crashed close to Jakarta.
That crash — and one other in Ethiopia — noticed Boeing hit with $2.5 billion in fines over claims it defrauded regulators overseeing the 737 MAX mannequin, which was grounded worldwide following the 2 lethal crashes.
The 26-year-old 737 that went down Saturday was not a MAX variant.
“Our ideas are with the crew, passengers, and their households,” Boeing mentioned in an announcement, including that it was in touch with the airline.
Indonesia’s aviation sector has lengthy had a repute for poor security, and its airways have been as soon as banned from getting into US and European airspace.
In 2014, an Indonesia AirAsia aircraft headed from Surabaya to Singapore crashed with the lack of 162 lives.
Home investigators’ last report on that crash mentioned main elements included a chronically defective part in a rudder management system, poor upkeep, and the pilots’ insufficient response.
A yr later, in 2015, greater than 140 individuals, together with scores on the bottom, have been killed when a navy aircraft crashed shortly after take-off in Medan on Sumatra island.
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