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Indonesian divers discover components of aircraft wreckage in Java Sea, no signal of survivors

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Indonesian divers on Sunday situated components of the wreckage of a Boeing 737-500 at a depth of 23 meters (75 toes) within the Java Sea, a day after the plane with 62 folks onboard crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.

“We obtained stories from the diver workforce that the visibility within the water is nice and clear, permitting the invention of some components of the aircraft,” Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto stated in an announcement. “We’re positive that’s the level the place the aircraft crashed.”

He stated the objects included damaged items of fuselage with plane registration components.

Earlier, rescuers pulled out physique components, items of clothes and scraps of metallic from the floor.

“Hopefully till this afternoon the present situations and the view below the ocean are nonetheless good in order that we will proceed the search,” he stated.

The break within the seek for Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 got here after sonar tools on a navy ship detected a sign from the plane at a location that match the coordinates from the final contact made by the pilots earlier than the aircraft went lacking on Saturday afternoon.

It is nonetheless unclear what induced the crash. There was no signal of survivors.

“I characterize the federal government and all Indonesians in expressing my deep condolences for this tragedy,” President Joko Widodo stated.

“We’re doing our greatest to avoid wasting the victims. We pray collectively in order that the victims may be discovered,” he stated, including that he had requested the Nationwide Transport Security Committee to conduct an investigation.

Fishermen within the space between Lancang and Laki islands, a part of an archipelago round Thousand Islands north of Jakarta’s coast, reported listening to an explosion round 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

“We heard one thing explode, we thought it was a bomb or a tsunami since after that we noticed the large splash from the water,” Solihin, who goes by one identify, informed The Related Press by telephone.

“It was raining closely and the climate was so unhealthy. So it’s troublesome to see round clearly. However we will see the splash and a giant wave after the sounds. We had been very shocked and straight noticed the aircraft particles and the gasoline round our boat.”

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi stated Flight SJ182 was delayed for an hour earlier than it took off at 2:36 p.m. It disappeared from radar 4 minutes later, after the pilot contacted air visitors management to ascend to an altitude of 29,000 toes (8,839 meters), he stated.

There have been 62 folks on board, together with seven youngsters and three infants.

“We’re conscious of media stories from Jakarta concerning Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182,” Boeing stated in an announcement. “Our ideas are with the crew, passengers, and their households. We’re involved with our airline buyer and stand able to assist them throughout this troublesome time.”

Authorities established two disaster facilities, one at airport and one at port. Households gathered to attend for information of family members.

On social media, folks started circulating the flight manifesto with photographs and movies of those that had been listed as passengers. One video reveals a girl together with her youngsters waving goodbye whereas strolling by way of the airport.

Sriwijaya Air President Director Jefferson Irwin Jauwena stated the aircraft, which is 26 years outdated and beforehand utilized by airways in the US, was airworthy. He informed reporters Saturday that the aircraft had beforehand flown to Pontianak and Pangkal Pinang metropolis on the identical day.

“Upkeep report stated all the pieces went properly and airworthy,” Jauwena informed a information convention. He stated the aircraft was delayed as a consequence of unhealthy climate, not due to any injury.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago nation, with greater than 260 million folks, has been tormented by transportation accidents on land, sea and air due to overcrowding on ferries, getting older infrastructure and poorly enforced security requirements.

In October 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet operated by Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea simply minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 folks on board. The aircraft concerned in Saturday’s incident didn’t have the automated flight-control system that performed a job within the Lion Air crash and one other crash of a 737 MAX 8 jet in Ethiopia 5 months later, resulting in the grounding of the MAX 8 for 20 months.

The Lion Air crash was Indonesia’s worst airline catastrophe since 1997, when 234 folks had been killed on a Garuda airways flight close to Medan on Sumatra island. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from the Indonesian metropolis of Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the ocean, killing 162 folks.

Sriwijaya Air has solely has a number of minor incidents up to now, although a farmer was killed in 2008 when touchdown aircraft went off runway as a consequence of a hydraulic subject.

The US banned Indonesian carriers from working within the nation in 2007, however reversed the choice in 2016, citing enhancements in compliance with worldwide aviation requirements. The European Union has beforehand had related bans, lifting them in June 2018.