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

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

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

He mentioned the objects included damaged items of fuselage with plane registration elements.

Earlier, rescuers pulled out physique elements, 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 will proceed the search,” he mentioned.

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 triggered 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 will 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 identify, instructed The Related Press by cellphone.

“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 an enormous wave after the sounds. We have been very shocked and straight noticed the aircraft 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 visitors management to ascend to an altitude of 29,000 ft (8,839 meters), he mentioned.

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

“We’re conscious of media experiences from Jakarta concerning 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 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 have been listed as passengers. One video reveals a lady together with her youngsters waving goodbye whereas strolling via the airport.

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

“Upkeep report mentioned every little thing went properly and airworthy,” Jauwena instructed a information convention. He mentioned 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 stricken by transportation accidents on land, sea and air due to overcrowding on ferries, ageing 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 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 folks have 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.

America 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.