By VICTORIA MILKO and EDNA Tarigan, Associated Press
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Authorities said they determined the location of the crash site and the Boeing 737-500 black box a day after the plane crashed into the Java Sea with 62 people on board a flight from Indonesia on Sunday did. Capital.
The head of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, Bagus Puruhito, said officials believed they identified the location of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder – the so-called black box – because emergency signals transmitted by equipment by a naval ship The sonar system was detected.
“We have determined the position of the aircraft’s black box from the two signals emitted by the equipment,” said military chief Hadi Tajhanto. “Hopefully, we can pick up the black box in a short period of time to determine the cause of the accident.”
Earlier on Sunday, as a result of search and rescue operations, parts of the aircraft were found at a depth of 23 meters (75 ft) in the sea, helping rescue teams to continue searching the area.
“We received reports from the diver team that visibility in the water was good and clear, which would allow parts of the aircraft to be searched,” Tjahjanto said in a statement.
The items found included broken pieces of aircraft registration parts, he said.
Earlier, rescue teams extracted body parts, pieces of children’s clothing and metal scraps from the surface.
The break in the search for Srivijay Air Flight 182 came after a signal from the aircraft was detected at a location of the naval ship’s sonar equipment, which fits the coordinates from the last contact made by the pilots before the plane disappeared on Saturday afternoon. he said.
The aircraft was put on a flight from Jakarta, the capital of West Kalimantan province, to Pontiac, on the island of Borneo, Indonesia, which took about 90 minutes.
It was still unclear what caused this accident. There was no trace of the survivor.
“I represent the government and all Indonesians in expressing my deepest condolences for this tragedy,” said Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
He said, “We are trying our best to save the victims.” We pray together so that the victims can be found. “He said that he has asked the National Transport Safety Committee to conduct an inquiry.
Fishermen reported an explosion around two and a half hours on Saturday afternoon in the area between Lankang and Laki Islands, part of an archipelago around the thousands of islands north of the coast of Jakarta.
“We heard from an explosion – we thought it was a bomb or a tsunami, after that we saw a big splash from the water,” Solihin, better known by name, said by phone.
“It was raining heavily and the weather was very bad, so it was difficult to see clearly,” said Solihin, but we splashed after the loud sound and saw a big wave. We were very surprised and saw the debris and fuel of the aircraft around our boat. “
Transport Minister Budi Karia Sumadi said that the flight was delayed by one hour before taking off at 2:36 pm. It disappeared from the radar four minutes later, after the pilot approached air traffic control to go to an altitude of 29,000 feet (83939 m), he said.
There were 62 people on board, all Indonesian citizens, including three children and seven other children. The aircraft carried 50 passengers, six crew members and six other crew for another flight.
Boeing said in a statement, “Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers and their families. We are in touch with our airline customer and are ready to support them in this difficult time.”
Authorities set up two crisis centers, one at Sokerno-Hatta International Airport, from where the plane departed, and one at the port. The family started waiting for news about their loved ones.
On social media, people started circulating the flight manifesto with photos and videos of people who were listed as passengers. One video showed a woman with her children passing by the airport saying goodbye.
Jefferson Irwin Jouvena, president director of Srivijay Air, said that the aircraft, which was 26 years old and previously used by airlines in the United States, was an airplane. He told reporters on Saturday that the aircraft had flown to Pontianak and Pangkal Penang cities on the first day itself.
He said the aircraft was delayed due to bad weather, not due to any mechanical problems.
Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago country with more than 260 million people, has been plagued by transportation accidents on land, sea and air due to congestion on the ghats, aging infrastructure and poorly enforced safety standards.
In October 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet operated by Lion Air fell into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people. The aircraft involved in Saturday’s disaster did not have an automatic flight-control system, which played a role in the Lion Air crash and another crash of the 737 MAX 8 jet after 5 months in Ethiopia, leading to grounding of the MAX 8 for 20 months was. .
The Lion Air crash was Indonesia’s worst airline accident since 1997, when 234 people were killed in a Garuda Airlines flight near Medan on the island of Sumatra. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya City in Indonesia to Singapore fell into the sea, killing 162 people.
Srivijay Air has had only minor incidents in the past, although a farmer was killed in 2008 when an aircraft went off the runway during a landing due to a hydraulic issue.
The United States banned the Indonesian carrier from operating in the country in 2007, but reversed the decision in 2016, citing improvements in compliance with international aviation standards. The EU already has similar restrictions, they were lifted in June 2018.
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