Sriwijaya Air passenger plane which crashed in the sea soon after it departed from Jakarta airport has been found in pieces by an Indonesian search-and-rescue team. Debris suspected to be from Flight SJ182 including Aircraft parts and human remains was discovered by the team. Plans to recover more of the wreckage on Sunday afternoon are been supposedly carried out.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo confirmed the plane had crashed after it went missing following its departure from capital Jakarta about 20 hours later and ordered all rescue teams to employ all efforts to search for and rescue the victims.
“We believe that it is the location of the crash, Items found 23 meters (75 feet) underwater include life vests and parts of the aircraft that bears its registration number”, Sriwijaya Air, military chief Hadi Tjahjanto said in a televised briefing.
The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 was carrying 62 people when it disappeared from the radar on its journey to Borneo. It had departed from Jakarta airport at 14:36 local time (07:36 GMT) on Saturday. At around 14:40, the last contact with the plane was recorded, with the call sign SJY182, according to the transport ministry.
Of the 62 people, 56 were passengers, including seven children and three infants, and there were two pilots and four cabin crew, local media reported. All of them were Indonesian, with no foreign nationals on board.
The southeast Asian country, Indonesia deployed divers, warships, vessels with sonar and airplanes on Sunday to the area where the aircraft made the last contact, officials from the national army and the search and rescue agency said.