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JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities on Sunday situated the black bins of the Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the ocean quickly after taking off from the capital Jakarta, as human physique components and suspected items of the airplane have been retrieved.

The Boeing 737-500 with 62 passengers and crew was headed to Pontianak in West Kalimantan on Saturday earlier than it disappeared from radar screens 4 minutes after takeoff.

It’s the first main aircrash in Indonesia since 189 passengers and crew have been killed in 2018 when a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max in 2018 additionally plunged into the Java Sea quickly after takeoff from Soekarno-Hatta Worldwide Airport.

Even earlier than the newest crash, extra folks had died in air cashes in Indonesia than in some other nation over the previous decade, in response to Aviation Security Community’s database.

Indonesia Nationwide Transport Security Committee chief Soerjanto Tjahjono mentioned the areas of Flight SJ 182’s two black bins had been recognized.

“Hopefully, we can retrieve them soon,” mentioned army chief Hadi Tjahjanto, with out giving an estimated timeframe.

Items of wreckage have been dropped at Jakarta port by rescuers. Authorities mentioned they got here from a depth of 23 metres (75 ft) close to a bunch of islands off the Jakarta coast.

One twisted piece of metallic was painted in Sriwijaya Air’s blue and pink colors. Indonesian authorities mentioned they’d additionally retrieved physique components and clothes.

Police requested households to offer data corresponding to dental data and DNA samples to assist determine our bodies.

The airplane had 12 crew and 50 passengers on board, all Indonesians and together with seven kids and three infants.

President Joko Widodo, talking on the palace in Bogor, expressed “deep condolences” over the catastrophe and urged the general public to wish the lacking folks might be discovered.

Learn extra: Indonesian airplane feared to have crashed with 62 aboard

“We feel powerless”

Monitoring service Flightradar24 mentioned the plane took off at 2:36 p.m. native time (0736 GMT) and climbed to succeed in 10,900 ft inside 4 minutes. It then started a steep descent and stopped transmitting knowledge 21 seconds later.

There have been no quick clues on what brought about the jet’s sudden descent. Most air accidents are brought on by a cocktail of things that may take months to ascertain, security consultants say.

A transport ministry spokesperson mentioned air visitors management had requested the pilot why the airplane was heading northwest as a substitute of on its anticipated flight path seconds earlier than it disappeared.

The pilots had a long time of expertise between them with the flight captain reported to be a former air power pilot and his co-pilot at Sriwijaya Air since 2013, in response to his Linkedin profile.

The Sriwijaya Air airplane was an almost 27-year-old Boeing 737-500, a lot older than Boeing’s problem-plagued 737 MAX mannequin. Older 737 fashions are extensively flown and would not have the stall-prevention system implicated within the MAX security disaster.

“We are in contact with our airline customer and stand ready to support them during this difficult time,” Boeing mentioned in a press release. “Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families.”

Distraught kin waited in Pontianak about 740 km (460 miles) from Jakarta for information of their family members. At Jakarta’s principal airport a disaster centre was arrange for households.

“We feel powerless, we can only wait and hope to get any information soon,” Irfansyah Riyanto, who had 5 kin on the flight, advised reporters.

Based in 2003, Jakarta-based Sriwijaya Air group flies largely inside Indonesia’s sprawling archipelago. The funds airline has had a stable security document, with no onboard casualties in 4 incidents recorded on the Aviation Security Community database.

In 2007, the European Union banned all Indonesian airways following a sequence of crashes and reviews of deteriorating oversight and upkeep since deregulation within the late Nineties. The restrictions have been absolutely lifted in 2018.

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