Indonesia Plane Crash: Rescue Team Locates Black Boxes While 26 Bags Containing Human Remains And Debris Sent For Identification
After receiving two signals, the team has managed to relocate the black boxes underwater and are hoping to retrieve them soon.
On Saturday, an Indonesian passenger plane crashed into the ocean with 62 people on board, and the tragic news spread across like a wildfire. The recent reports state that a team of rescuers have now located the plane’s black box flight recorder and obtained communications data.
In an interaction with the media, the head of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) stated on Sunday evening that the two black boxes from Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 have been detected within 150 to 200 meters (492 to 656 feet) from the crash location. And as of now, search and rescue operations are investigating the crash site for in-depth details.
The rescue team is finding it difficult to recover bodies, the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) due to the debris present in the water. Hence, a diving team has now been assigned to clear the debris.
The Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, revealed that they received two signals from the black boxes and are monitoring them continuously. The teams at the site hope to retrieve the boxes soon that are 23 meters (approximately 75 feet) below the surface, he added.
The report states that the navy is yet to retrieve the large structure of the aircraft, but has so far managed to retrieve human body parts and pieces of the plane. A total of 26 bags, containing human remains, clothing pieces, and aircraft debris located by Basarnas have so far been sent to the Jakarta-based disaster investigation unit for further investigation, added the officials. 40 DNA samples have been collected by the police from relatives of passengers on board in order to identify them
For those unaware, The Boeing 737-500 with 62 passengers and crew was headed to Pontianak in West Kalimantan on Saturday before it disappeared from radar screens four minutes after takeoff.
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