Sriwijaya Air Crash, authorities start recovering and identifying body parts of passengers

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Sriwijaya Air Crash

The world has been struck with a another major aircraft disaster as Indonesian based airline, Sriwijaya Air saw a deadly air crash. On Sunday, Indonesian authorities located the black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air jet which had crashed into the sea soon after it took off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, as human body parts and suspected pieces of the plane were retrieved by the authorities. 

The aircraft that was used for the flight was a Boeing 737-500 and had a total of 62 passengers and crew. The aircraft departed for Pontianak in West Kalimantan on Saturday before it disappeared from radar only four minutes after takeoff. This is the first major aircrash in Indonesia since 2018, when 189 passengers and crew after a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max also plunged into the Java Sea soon after takeoff from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Sriwijaya Air Crash, authorities start recovering and identifying body parts of passengers

Before this devastating air crash, Indonesia is a country that has experienced more loss of lives to air crashes than any other country over the past decade, as per the Aviation Safety Network’s database. Indonesia National Transport Safety Committee chief Soerjanto Tjahjono said the locations of Flight SJ 182’s two black boxes had been identified. “Hopefully, we can retrieve them soon,” said military chief Hadi Tjahjanto, without giving an exact timeframe as to when this would happen. 

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Pieces of wreckage were brought back to the Jakarta port by rescuers and authorities said that these pieces were found at a depth of 23 metres (75 feet) near a group of islands just off of the Jakarta coast. One twisted piece of metal was painted in Sriwijaya Air’s blue and red colours. Indonesian authorities said they had also retrieved body parts and clothing of the passengers on board the flight. 

In contrast, Police formally asked families of the deceased to provide information such as dental records and DNA samples so that they could use that to identify the passengers. The plane had in total 12 crew and 50 passengers on board, all Indonesians and including seven children and three babies. President Joko Widodo, speaking at the palace in Bogor, gave his  “deep condolences” over the disaster asked his people to pray that the missing people are found. 

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