World news – Body parts at the crash site of the Indonesian aircraft recognized as a distress signal

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Indonesia has detected signals that may have been sent from a flight recorder on a Sriwijaya Air jet, who fell into the sea after taking off from the capital Jakarta.

Divers pulled body parts, wrecks and clothing from the waters off the Indonesian capital Jakarta when the military detected a signal that they hoped would lead to the wreck That crashed with 62 people on board.

The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plunged into a steep jump about four minutes after leaving Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta on Saturday afternoon.

A The military ship « found the signal from (Sriwijaya Air) SJ182 » and divers had salvaged parts of the aircraft from around 23 meters below the water surface, the Ministry of Transport said on Sunday under Ber ole on the Indonesian military chief Hadi Tjahjanto.

The flight path of the Indonesian Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 before it fell off the radar on January 9, 2021 AP / Flightradar24.com

« Several body parts were found and taken to the police hospital for identification, » Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus told AFP.

« We do not yet know if it was from a person Items were also found that we believe came from the passengers. « 

According to authorities and AFP reporters on site, a child’s pink pants, a broken tire and a broken bike, life jackets were also found and suspected debris found from the plane.

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Flight SJ182 flew to Pontianak on Indonesia’s part of Borneo Island, approximately 90 minutes flying time over the Java Sea.

« I have four family members on the flight – my wife and three children, » said Yaman Zai and sobbed.

« (My wife) sent me a picture of the baby today … How could my heart not be torn to pieces? »

READ MORE body parts and debris from waters off Indonesia after the plane had crashed with 62 people on board

Body parts and debris were discovered when a flotilla of warships, helicopters and divers was deployed off the coast of the sprawling capital on Sunday.

62 passengers and crew were present On board the plane, all Indonesians, including 10 children, said the authorities.

More than 300 people from the search and rescue, marine and police departments participated in the search.

The search and rescue agency said earlier that bad Conditions hampered efforts, but the military later said visibility had improved and the rescue operation would continue on Sunday.

Relatives of Sriwijaya Air passengers arrive at the Crisis Center at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia / p> Data from FlightRadar24 showed the aircraft reached an altitude of nearly 3,350 meters before suddenly falling to around 75 meters. It then lost contact with air traffic control.

The transport minister said on Saturday that the jet appeared to deviate from its intended course just before disappearing from the radar.

Sriwijaya Air, the flights to destinations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia only stated that it had investigated the loss of contact.

In October 2018, 189 people were killed when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet crashed into the Java Sea about 12 minutes after taking off from Jakarta on a one-hour routine flight .

In that crash – and another in Ethiopia – Boeing was fined $ 2.5 billion for defrauding the regulators overseeing the 737 MAX model, the one after the two fatal crashes worldwide.

The jet that crashed on Saturday is not a MAX model and is 26 years old according to authorities.

« We have media reports from Jakarta about the Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 known. Our thoughts ken are with the crew, passengers and their families, « Boeing said in a statement.

 » We are in contact with our airline customers and are ready to support them in these difficult times. « 

The Indonesian aviation sector has long been known for its poor safety, and its airlines were once banned from entering US and European airspace.

In 2014, an AirAsia plane from Surabaya to Singapore crashed, killing 162.

The domestic investigators’ final report on the crash said the main factors were a chronically faulty component in a rudder control system, poor maintenance, and inadequate pilot response.

A year later, in 2015, there were more than 140 People killed, including many on the ground, when a military plane crashed shortly after taking off in Medan on the island of Sumatra.

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