- The discovery was made after a navy ship detected a signal from the plane that fitted the coordinated from the last contact made by the pilots on Saturday before the plane went missing.
- The search and rescue team also retrieved body parts, scraps of metal and pieces of metal from the water’s surface.
- The authorities said that the aircraft that had 62 people onboard crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.
The debris of an Indonesian plane that went missing on Saturday has been recovered. It was reported that divers located the wreckage from a Swirijaya Air Boeing 737-500 in the Java Sea. Among the recovered wreckage were pieces of fuselage with aircraft registration parts.
The search and rescue team also retrieved body parts, scraps of metal and pieces of metal from the water’s surface. The discovery was made after a navy ship detected a signal from the plane that fitted the coordinated from the last contact made by the pilots on Saturday before the plane went missing.
The search and rescue mission is still on going, the navy is said to have deployed 11 ships to help in the operation.
The authorities said that the aircraft that had 62 people onboard crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. Sriwijaya Air confirmed that the aircraft was manned by six active crew members and had 40 adult passengers, 7 child passengers and three babies, with six extra crew members on board as passengers.
Official reports indicate that the flight was delayed for an hour due to heavy rains adding that the aircraft disappeared four minutes after take-off on Saturday afternoon.
Fishermen around the Island stated that they heard a huge explosion followed by a splash in the water. Since it was raining heavily, they could not see clearly. It was revealed that all the passengers were Indonesian citizens.
President Joko Widodo expressed his deepest sympathy to the affected families and country at large following the tragic incident. The President said that they were doing everything possible to ensure that the victims are found adding that he hopes they will be found alive.
Relatives of the passengers are however still hopeful of finding their kins alive despite there being no signs of survivors yet. “We feel powerless, we can only wait and hope to have any information soon,” said Irfansyah Riyanto, whose sister, her two children and parents were aboard the flight.
A brother to a co-pilot who had been asked to give a blood sample said that he was hopeful that the brother survived. He added that the brother was a very good person.
The police have called upon the affected families to provide them with information that could help identify the bodies that had been retrieved.
The cause of the accident has not yet been established. It is alleged that the plane which was a Boeing 737 MAX had been grounded for almost two years and recently cleared to fly by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Boeing sent their sympathies for the tragedy and said they were ready to help where necessary. “We are aware of media reports from Jakarta regarding Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 … Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families,” Boeing said in a statement.
Indonesia is prone to plane accidents most of them being blamed on poor pilot training, air traffic control issues, mechanical problem and poor maintenance of the aircrafts. In October 2018, 189 people were killed after another plane crashed after taking off from Jakarta airport.