Family of doomed 737 pilot say he left home 'dishevelled and in a rush'

This is the first image of the pilot aboard the Boeing 737 that went missing near Jakarta, Indonesia.

Pilot Captain Afwan left his house disheveled and in a hurry a few hours before the crash, said his nephew.

The former Indonesian Air Force pilot, who had more than 30 years of flight experience, was in charge of Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 when it disappeared.

Ferza Mahardhika told him BBC that his uncle’s shirt hadn’t been ironed on the day of the flight, which wasn’t like him as it was usually “really neat”.

He paid tribute to his captain Afwan and added: “He was a very good man. He often gave advice, wise advice.

“He was a prominent figure in his neighborhood and was known for his kindness.

“We are in mourning and we are still praying for the best. I am devastated and cannot believe this is happening. Please pray for uncles and our family.”

The pilot’s profile photo on social media shows Superman in prayer next to the words “It doesn’t matter how high you fly, you will never reach the sky if you don’t pray”.

His plane reportedly crashed more than 10,000 feet in less than a minute, about four minutes after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

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Rescue workers have found the wreckage of the missing flight, which crashed a few minutes after take-off with 62 people.

The aircraft’s voice and flight recorders in the cockpit have now been found. The officials hope they can shed light on the tragedy.

Body parts and clothing were among the items pulled from the Java Sea, authorities said in a statement.

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The Chief of the Indonesian Air Force, Hadi Tjahjanto, said: “The two signals emitted by the black box are continuously monitored and now we have tagged them.

“Hopefully in not too long a time we can raise the black boxes for the National Transportation Safety Committee to investigate and find out what caused the crash.”

There were ten children on board, and the relatives had to wait excruciatingly for their fate to be confirmed.

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