JAKARTA: On Sunday, the Indonesian authorities found the black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea shortly after its departure from the capital, Jakarta, as pieces of the human body and parts of the aircraft were recovered.
On Saturday, the Boeing 737-500 with 62 passengers and crew was on a domestic flight to Pontianak in West Kalimantan before vanishing four minutes after take-off from the radar screens.
Chief Soerjanto Tjahjono of the Indonesian National Transport Safety Committee (KNKT) said the locations of two black boxes for Flight SJ 182 had been found.
“Hopefully, we will soon be able to retrieve them,” military chief Hadi Tjahjanto said, without providing an approximate timeline.
A search and rescue official said that the search would continue into the night, but attempts would be limited to sonar searches by vessels.
The first major air accident in Indonesia after 189 passengers and crew were killed in 2018 when a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max also crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in 2018. There were no clues as to what caused the crash.
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According to Aviation Safety Network’s website, well before the current disaster, more people had died in air cashes in Indonesia than in any other nation during the past decade. Rescuers took parts of debris to Jakarta port, including the altimeter radar of the aircraft, the emergency chute, and a section that was accused of falling off the lower portion of the tail of the plane, official Nurcahyo Utomo said.