Plane wreckage and body remains have been pulled from the crash site of the Indonesian passenger plane that fell into the ocean shortly after takeoff on Saturday.
Indonesian Navy divers found wreckage from light SJY 182 after they located a signal from the aircraft’s fuselage. Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, said that he is confident that the Navy Rigel Warship has located the plane’s fuselage.
The Sriwijaya Air flight 182, a Boeing 737-500, was having 62 people onboard. It was heading from Jakarta to the city of the Indonesian island of Borneo. The plane lost contact at 2:40 p.m. local time 11 nautical miles north of Jakarta’s Soekarno–Hatta International Airport.
According to the global flight tracking service Flightradar24, the plane dropped 10,000 feet in less than a minute before disappearing from the radar.
The crash site was confirmed Sunday morning by the Indonesian National Armed Forces and Navy divers were deployed to search for the wreckage.
However, Indonesian police spokesperson Yusri Yunus said that two body bags, one containing items belonging to victims such as pants and shirts, and another containing body parts.
He added that a command post set up at the Kramat Jati Police Hospital in Jakarta to identify the crash victims and search for family members was working to identify the remains.
Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) said it had found several pieces of debris believed to be from the missing plane but bad weather and poor visibility had hampered the search overnight.
Divers retrieved pieces of debris from the site that is the same color as the Sriwijaya Air aircraft, Air Chief Marshal Tjahjanto said at a press conference from the John Lie Warship.
Tjahjanto said that a plane registration number, wheels from the landing gear, and life vests have also been uncovered. He added that visibility and conditions in the water were good, and the search for victims continues. Meanwhile, the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) teams have begun an investigation into the cause of the crash.
“We sent two investigators with the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency to the sea to do a location survey. We need to find more information on the location, for example, to determine what gear we are going to use regarding the underwater terrain we have,” Suryanto Cahyono told an international news source.