The first victim of the devastating plane crash in Indonesia has been identified.
Okky Bisma, a flight attendant on the plane, was identified by his fingerprints, a police officer told reporters.
“The faster we can find victims the better,” said Rasman MS, director of search and rescue.
The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 aircraft with 62 people on board crashed into the Java Sea two days ago, a few minutes after taking off from Jakarta’s main airport.
Divers searched the ocean floor Monday, retrieving human remains, personal belongings and aircraft wreckage until the fading light stopped the search.
Indonesia identified one victim as a force ready to send in a remote-controlled underwater vehicle to search for the jet’s cockpit recorders in the sea.
The Boeing 737-500 flew on a domestic flight to Pontianak on Borneo Island, about 740 km from Jakarta, on Saturday before disappearing from radar screens.
It was the second major plane crash in Indonesia since the deaths of 189 passengers and crew in 2018 when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX also crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff.
The jet that crashed on Saturday has a completely different design.
The search team had narrowed down the suspected location of the “black box” flight recorders and the remote-controlled vehicle would help scan the seabed, said Navy chief of staff Yudo Margono.
“There’s so much dirt down there and we only lifted a few parts. Hopefully they (the recorders) can be found when we take more out,” Yudo told reporters on board a ship.
Nurcahyo Utomo, a National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) investigator in Indonesia, said the jet may have been intact before hitting the water as the debris appeared to be scattered in a relatively narrow area under the water.
Once the flight data and cockpit dictation machines are found, the KNKT expects to be able to read the information in three days, Nurcahyo said.
The US National Transportation Safety Board is automatically included in the investigation, with Boeing providing technical assistance if necessary.
Tracking service Flightradar24 said the plane took off at 2:36 p.m. Local time (0736 GMT) and rose to 10,900 feet in four minutes.
It then began a steep descent and stopped transmitting data 21 seconds later.
Sriwijaya Air’s aircraft was nearly 27 years old and much older than Boeing’s problematic 737 MAX model.
Older 737 models are widespread and do not have the stall prevention system implicated in the MAX security crisis.
With a few immediate clues as to what led to a catastrophic loss of control after launch, investigators will rely heavily on getting the two flight recorders intact from the ocean floor.
You will also examine maintenance and engine records, roster and training for pilots, flight records and other data.