Indonesia plane crash may have 'ruptured' on impact as divers seek black boxes

Divers will attempt to retrieve data recorders from the doomed Indonesian flight that crashed into the sea with 62 passengers on board.

The Sriwijaya Air flight crashed minutes after taking off from Jakarta’s main airport. The authorities hoped that the black boxes in the cockpit would be covered during today’s Java sea dive.

According to reports, investigators are working on a theory that the plane crashed on impact with the water.

SJ 182 was en route on a domestic flight to Pontianak on the island of Borneo, about 460 miles from the capital, on Saturday before disappearing from radar screens four minutes after takeoff.

Authorities located the area where the data recorders are located on Sunday when they lifted parts of the Boeing 737-500 fuselage from the ocean floor.

Rescuers also found human body parts and personal belongings of passengers.

One of the navy divers aboard a rescue ship said the search would continue Monday if weather conditions improved.

“We can now limit the search area to 200 to 500 meters from the point,” he told the Kompas television station.

Ships and boats are pictured during a search for the Sriwijaya Air SJ-182

“On the first day we had covered 1.5 to 1 kilometers [from the main coordinates]. We have now looked through the outside areas. “

Nurcahyo Utomo, an investigator with the National Road Safety Committee (KNKT) in Indonesia, said authorities were hoping to find the black boxes later today.

He said the jet may have been intact before hitting the water as the debris found so far was scattered in a relatively narrow area under the water.

The Indonesian rescue team finds part of the plane in Sriwijaya

“We don’t know for sure, but when we look at the rubble,
They are scattered in an area that is not too wide. “Mr.
Said Utomo.

“It might have burst when it hit water because if it had
If it exploded in midair, the debris would spread further, “he added.

One of the jet’s turbines was found and sent back to a port in Jakarta on Sunday.

Indonesian Navy Leader Major General Suhartono and others with debris from Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182

The incident marks the first 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 taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in 2018.

The Sriwijaya Air aircraft had 12 crew members and 50 passengers on board, all Indonesians and including 10 children.

Tracking service Flightradar24 said the plane took off at 2:36 p.m. local time and rose to 10,900 feet in four minutes.

Rescue workers call one of the engines recovered from the crash site of Sriwijaya Air's flight SJ182

It then began a steep descent and stopped transmitting data 21 seconds later.

There was no immediate indication of what caused the sudden descent.

Most aircraft accidents are caused by a number of factors that can take months to determine, say safety experts.

The pilots had decades of experience with the flight captain, a former Air Force pilot, and his co-pilot at Sriwijaya Air since 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The plane’s takeoff was delayed by heavy rain.

Sriwijaya Air’s aircraft was a nearly 27-year-old Boeing 737-500, much older than the troubled Boeing 737 MAX.

Older 737 models are widespread and do not have the stall prevention system implicated in the MAX security crisis.

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