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

Indonesian divers on Sunday positioned 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 individuals onboard crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta.

“We acquired experiences from the diver staff that the visibility within the water is sweet and clear, permitting the invention of some components of the airplane,” Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto mentioned in a press release. “We’re certain that’s the level the place the airplane crashed.”

He mentioned 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 underneath the ocean are nonetheless good in order that we are able to proceed the search,” he mentioned.

The break within the seek for Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 got here after sonar gear 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 airplane went lacking on Saturday afternoon.

It is nonetheless unclear what brought on 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 mentioned.

“We’re doing our greatest to save lots of the victims. We pray collectively in order that the victims may be discovered,” he mentioned, 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 massive splash from the water,” Solihin, who goes by one title, advised The Related Press by telephone.

“It was raining closely and the climate was so unhealthy. So it’s tough to see round clearly. However we are able to see the splash and an enormous wave after the sounds. We had been very shocked and instantly noticed the airplane particles and the gas round our boat.”

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi mentioned 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 site visitors management to ascend to an altitude of 29,000 toes (8,839 meters), he mentioned.

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

“We’re conscious of media experiences from Jakarta relating to Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182,” Boeing mentioned in a press release. “Our ideas are with the crew, passengers, and their households. We’re in touch with our airline buyer and stand able to help them throughout this tough 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, individuals started circulating the flight manifesto with photographs and movies of those that had been listed as passengers. One video exhibits a lady together with her youngsters waving goodbye whereas strolling by means of the airport.

Sriwijaya Air President Director Jefferson Irwin Jauwena mentioned the airplane, which is 26 years previous and beforehand utilized by airways in the USA, was airworthy. He advised reporters Saturday that the airplane had beforehand flown to Pontianak and Pangkal Pinang metropolis on the identical day.

“Upkeep report mentioned every thing went properly and airworthy,” Jauwena advised a information convention. He mentioned the airplane was delayed as a result of unhealthy climate, not due to any harm.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago nation, with greater than 260 million individuals, has been suffering from transportation accidents on land, sea and air due to overcrowding on ferries, growing old 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 individuals on board. The airplane concerned in Saturday’s incident didn’t have the automated flight-control system that performed a task 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 individuals 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 individuals.

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

The USA 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 comparable bans, lifting them in June 2018.

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