Breaking: Indonesia locates black box recorders from crashed Boeing passenger plane
Indonesian authorities say they have located black box recorders from the Boeing passenger plane that crashed shortly after taking off from Jakarta a day earlier.
“The two signals emitted by the black box are continuously monitored and now we have them marked,” Indonesian military chief Hadi Tjahjanto said on Sunday.
“Hopefully in not too long we can lift up the black boxes for the National Transportation Safety Committee to investigate and find out the cause of the crash,” he added.
The announcement came as rescue teams recovered body parts and debris near the Boeing jet’s crash site off the coast of Jakarta.
There was no sign of survivors.
“Several body parts have been found and they’ve been taken to the police hospital for identification,” Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus said.
The cockpit voice and flight data recorders which have been located are items crucial to understanding what happened to the aircraft that went down with 62 people on board, including 10 children.
All passengers and crew were Indonesians, according to authorities.
The Sriwijaya Airline Flight SJ 182, which was bound for the city of Pontianak on the island of Borneo, crashed into the Java Sea on Saturday afternoon after a one-hour delay due to heavy monsoon rainfall.
The 26-year-old plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than 60 seconds, according to Flightradar24, the flight-tracking service.
On Saturday night, distraught relatives waited nervously for news of loved ones at the airport in Pontianak.
Meanwhile, Indonesian authorities have urged close family members to provide photos, films, and DNA samples, as well as dental and medical records of the passengers to speed up the identification process of the remains.
Even though the cause of the crash has yet to be determined, aviation experts believe the crash was likely the result of a design flaw in the Boeing airliner.
In October 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliner operated by Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
Another 737 MAX 8 jetliner crashed in Ethiopia five months later and killed 149 people, leading to the grounding of the MAX 8 for 20 months.