A pink shorts and a tire gave the warning this Sunday to the Rescue teams that had been combing the waters of the Java Sea since the night before in search of the plane that crashed on Saturday with 62 people inside. Hours later, the Indonesian authorities confirmed the location of the two black boxes, thanks to the signals emitted by the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder. The finding is essential since will allow experts to know why the Boeing 737 of the low-cost airline Sriwijaya plunged into the void.
“We have located the black boxes, both of them,” Soerjanto Tjahjanto, head of the security committee of the Ministry of Transport, told the media. While, at the airport scenes of anguish were repeated for the relatives of the 50 passengers, including ten children, and the twelve crew members that were on board. All Indonesians, according to the Government. “I have four members of my family on the plane: my wife and my three children,” Yaman Zai, who was waiting at the Pontianak airfield, was crying.
Flight SJ182, which covered the route between Jakarta and Pontianak, in the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, it lost contact with air traffic controllers on Saturday shortly after 2:40 p.m. local time, four minutes after takeoff. The Minister of Transport, Budi Karya Sumadi, declared this Sunday that the device seemed to be deviating from its trajectory just before disappearing from the radars. Data from the FlightRadar24 portal also revealed that the Boeing 737 reached a height of 11,000 feet before plummeting to about 250.
Identification of victims
In the absence of the black boxes shedding light on what happened, the work to recover the bodies continued without rest. Helicopters, Army divers, as well as several Navy ships are involved in the operation. “This morning (Sunday) we received two bags, one with the passengers’ belongings and the other with body parts,” Jakarta Police spokesman Yusri Yunus told Metro TV, while indicating that agents “work to identify them.” Although the task will not be easy, local authorities are already in contact with the families of the victims to expedite the process by obtaining DNA samples.
He crash plane de Sriwijaya does not belong to the controversial new generation of Boeing 737 MAX that was banned worldwide after suffering two fatal accidents in October 2018 and March 2019 that cost the lives of 414 people. This machine, by contrast, is a “classic” Boeing 737, manufactured 26 years ago. The air transport sector in Indonesia is known to have experienced numerous tragedies in recent years. For this reason, several companies have been banned by the EU for more than a decade, until the veto was lifted three years ago.