With 62 people aboard, the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 crashed at the weekend, following which the Indonesian divers searched waters off Jakarta on January 11 in a hunt for black boxes from the passenger jet. The move comes as investigators took up the grim task of identifying victims’ mangled remains. All 62 passengers and crew aboard the half-full flight were Indonesian, including 10 children as well.
Finding the boxes could offer crucial information as to why the passenger jet plunged some 10,000 feet (3,000 metres) in less than a minute before slamming into the Java Sea.
“Today we’re expanding the search area… and collecting anything we can retrieve, debris or the victims,” said Rasman MS, head of the search and rescue agency’s crash operations, adding further, “It’s going to be an around-the-clock operation – 24 hours. There will be no breaks. The sooner we can find victims, the better.”
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