Divers get well ‘black field’ from crash website in Java Sea

The restoration is anticipated to assist investigators decide what induced the Boeing 737-500 airplane to nosedive into the ocean in heavy rain shortly after takeoff from Jakarta on Saturday.

TV stations confirmed divers on an inflatable vessel with a big white container containing the gadget heading to a Jakarta port. Will probably be handed over to the Nationwide Transportation Security Committee, which is overseeing the crash investigation.


A navy ship earlier picked up intense pings being emitted from the 2 recorders. They have been buried in seabed mud below tons of sharp objects within the wreckage, the Indonesian navy’s Chief Admiral Yudo Margono mentioned.

He mentioned at the very least 160 divers have been deployed on Tuesday within the seek for the gadgets.

Greater than 3600 rescue personnel, 13 helicopters, 54 massive ships and 20 small boats have been looking the world simply north of Jakarta the place Flight 182 crashed. Elements of the airplane and human stays have already been discovered within the water at a depth of 23 metres.

To this point, the searchers have despatched 74 physique baggage containing human stays to police identification consultants who on Monday mentioned that they had recognized their first sufferer, 29-year-old flight attendant Okky Bisma.

His spouse, Aldha Refa, who can be a flight attendant for Sriwijaya Air, shared her grief in a collection of posts on social media.

“My husband is a loving, religious and tremendous sort man,” she wrote on Instagram. “Heaven is your home, expensive … be peaceable there.”

Anguished relations have been offering samples for DNA assessments and police mentioned outcomes have been anticipated inside 4 to eight days.

Nationwide Police spokesman Rusdi Hartono mentioned about 53 samples for DNA testing had been collected however extra have been wanted, particularly from mother and father and youngsters of victims.

Indonesia’s Nationwide Transportation Security Committee mentioned the US Nationwide Transportation Security Board would assist to research the crash.

The NTSC chairman, Soerjanto Tjahjono, dominated out a attainable midair breakup after seeing the situation of the wreckage discovered by searchers. He mentioned the jet was intact till it struck the water, concentrating the particles subject, moderately than spreading it out over a big space as can be seen with a midair occasion.

He mentioned the NTSC’s preliminary findings confirmed the airplane’s engine was operating when it hit the water, based mostly on jet components retrieved from the ocean.

“The injury on the fan blade confirmed that the engine was nonetheless engaged on influence. That is in keeping with the speculation that the airplane’s system was nonetheless working at 250 ft altitude,” Soerjanto mentioned.

Indonesian authorities have been sorting through debris found in the Java Sea.

Indonesian authorities have been sorting by particles discovered within the Java Sea.Credit score:Getty

Indonesia’s transport ministry mentioned earlier on Tuesday the jet, which was grounded throughout the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, had handed an airworthiness inspection on December 14 and had returned to service shortly after.


The catastrophe has reignited considerations about security in Indonesia’s aviation business, which grew quick after the financial system was opened following the autumn of dictator Suharto within the late 1990s. The US had banned Indonesian carriers from working within the nation in 2007, lifting the motion in 2016, citing enhancements in compliance with worldwide aviation requirements. The European Union lifted an analogous ban in 2018.

Prior to now yr, Indonesian aviation was affected considerably by the coronavirus pandemic that induced journey restrictions and a stoop in demand amongst travellers.

Sriwijaya Air has had solely minor security incidents previously, although a farmer was killed in 2008 when a airplane went off the runway whereas touchdown as a consequence of a hydraulic problem.

In 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX eight jet operated by Lion Air crashed, killing 189 folks. An automatic flight-control system performed a job in that crash, however the Sriwijaya Air jet didn’t have that system on board.

AP with Reuters

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