“Indonesia Locates Black Boxes Of Crashed Sriwijaya Air Jet”

JAKARTA(January 10, 2021)– Authorities have pinpointed the location of two black boxes from a crashed Indonesian jet, they said Sunday, referring to cockpit voice and flight data recorders that could help explain why the aircraft went down with 62 people aboard.

The announcement came as divers pulled body parts, wreckage and clothing from waters off Indonesia‘s capital Jakarta.

“We have located the position of the black boxes, both of them,” said Soerjanto Tjahjanto, head of Indonesia’s transport safety agency.

“Divers will start looking for them now and hopefully it won’t be long before we get them.”

The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 went into a steep dive abou ..
The announcement came as divers pulled body parts, wreckage and clothing from waters off Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.

“We have located the position of the black boxes, both of them,” said Soerjanto Tjahjanto, head of Indonesia’s transport safety agency.

“Divers will start looking for them now and hopefully it won’t be long before we get them.”

Sunday, referring to cockpit voice and flight data recorders that could help explain why the aircraft went down with 62 people aboard. 

The announcement came as divers pulled body parts, wreckage and clothing from waters off Indonesia’s capital Jakarta.  “We have located the position of the black boxes, both of them,: said Soejanto Tjahjanto, head of Indonesia Transport safety agency. 

“Divers will start looking for them now and hopefully it won’t be long before we get them.”

The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 went into a steep dive about four minutes after it left Soekarno -Hatta International Airport in Jakarta on Saturday afternoon.

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo expressed his “deep condolences”, and called on citizens to “pray together so that victims can be found”.

But the frantic search involving helicopters and a flotilla of warships appeared to offer no hope of finding any survivors.

The search and rescue agency said it had so far collected five body bags with human remains as well as debris from the crash site in the Java Sea.

A piece of child’s clothing, a broken tyre and wheel, life jackets and wreckage from the plan’s body were found, according to authorities and AFP reporters on the scene.

Among the passengers was Beben Sofian, 59 and her husband Dan Razanah, 58.

“The took a selfie and sent it to their kids before taking off,” the couple’s nephew Hendra told AFP.

Tracking The Airplane:

Tracking service Flightradar24 said the aircraft took off at 2:36 pm local time and climbed to reach 10,900 feet within four minutes.  It then began a steep descent and stopped transmitting data 21 seconds later.

There were no immediate clues on what caused the sudden descent.  Most air accidents are caused by a cocktail of factors that can take months to establish, safety experts said.

A transport ministry spokeswoman said, air traffic control had asked the pilot why the plan was heading northwest instead of on its expected flight path seconds before it disappeared—leaving one to wonder if the airplane had been hijacked.

The pilots had decades of experience between them with the flight captain reported to be a former air force pilot and his co-pilot at Sriwijaya Air since 2013, according to his Linkedin profile.

In 2007, the European Union banned all Indonesian airlines following a series of crashes and reports of deteriorating oversight and maintenance since deregulation in the late 1990s.  The restriction were fully lifted in 2018.

Source: AFP wrote original article.

 

 
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