Indonesian air crash: Body parts, metal scraps fished out of Java Sea
First Published Jan 10, 2021, 9:59 AM IST
A day after a Boeing 737-500 with 62 people onboard crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, rescue teams fished out body parts and metal scraps from the Java Sea.
Indonesian Search and rescue agency officials are still trying to find the location of the ill-fated Sriwijaya Air Flight 182.
Many rescue ships, Army helicopters and naval divers have been deployed to recover the wreckage.
The aircraft had gone off radar four minutes after takeoff from the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 14:36 local time. There were 62 people on board, including seven children and three babies.
According to Flightradar24, SJ182 dropped over 10,000 feet in altitude in under 60 seconds.
The local weather department fears that heavy rain and strong winds could hamper the search and rescue efforts.
In a statement, Boeing said, "We are in contact with our airline customer and are stand ready to support them during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families."
Sriwijaya Air president Jefferson Irwin Jauwena said that even though the aircraft was 26 years old, it was still airworthy. He also said that the aircraft had been earlier flown to Pontianak and Pangkal Pinang city on the same day.
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