Divers recover human remains, debris after doomed flight carrying 62 crashed
Two days after a 26-year-old Boeing 737 crashed off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia, divers continued to search the Java seabed to retrieve the black boxes from the doomed Sriwijaya Air flight.
62 people were on board the aircraft for a scheduled flight of one and a half hours to Pontianak, but only four minutes after take-off, the jet lost contact with air traffic control.
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Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) confirmed late Sunday that it had detected two pings broadcast about 150 to 200 meters apart, where the plane crashed, providing a general search area for diving teams. The black boxes were not found until Monday afternoon.
PHOTO: Workers spray disinfectant on parts of aircraft salvaged from the Java Sea where a Sriwijaya Air passenger jet crashed at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia on Jan. 11, 2021. (Dita Alangkara / AP)
The recorders in the black boxes will provide the greatest clues as to what caused the Indonesian jetliner to fall to 10,000 feet in less than a minute - what the pilots in the cockpit said, all the movements of the plane, which buttons were pressed, and more.
Almost 4,000 people are working to recover not only the black boxes, but also the remains of the victims and the wreckage of the aircraft. They used 54 ships, three helicopters and remote-controlled underwater vehicles.
Search and rescue teams have found body parts, children's clothing, scraps of metal and engine parts scattered across the sea. Since the beginning of their search, BASARNAS has collected a total of 74 body bags, 24 large aircraft debris and 16 small parts.
PHOTO: Part of one of the engines on Sriwijaya flight SJ182 is on dock awaiting investigation by crash investigators on January 11, 2021 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Ed Wray / Getty Images)
"The search and rescue operation in the region is still ongoing and we ask the Indonesians for support and prayers so that the operation goes smoothly and does not take too long," said the head of BASARNAS, Bagus Puruhito.
The rescue pictures are reminiscent of the Lion Air Crash in October 2018, when a Boeing 737 MAX crashed in the same sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta. The aircraft in this incident was not a MAX, but a 26-year-old Boeing 737-500.
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The Boeing Company issued a statement following the incident with the words: "We are aware of media reports from Jakarta about the Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182. Our thoughts go with the crew, passengers and their families. We are in contact with our airline -Customers stand by to support them during this difficult time. "
Saturday's crash re-examined the flight safety review in Indonesia. In the past decade, excluding last week's crash, nearly 700 people have died in plane crashes in Indonesia.
PHOTO: This picture shows one of the two black box flight recorders that were recovered from the FlyDubai Boeing 737-800 plane crash in Russia on March 20, 2016. (TASS via Getty Images, FILE)
"Indonesia has probably the worst flight safety record in the world," ABC News aviation expert Col. Steve Ganyard told Good Morning America. "So investigators would look at all sorts of things, could have been a catastrophic failure, could have been a bomb. At this point everything is open, but we know it was a very steep drop."
According to reports, an Indonesian investigator has suggested that the narrow radius of debris suggests the plane may have broken apart when it hit the water, rather than exploding in midair.
Randy Mulyanto of ABC News, Karson Yiu, Kirit Radia, Sam Sweeney, and Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.
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