Underwater footage shows divers examining debris from the doomed Indonesian flight that crashed into the sea with 62 passengers on board.
A child’s Marvel backpack was included in the footage as one of the incriminating items the search team found while searching the rubble.
Indonesian naval divers combed the ocean floor approached data recorders from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea two days ago after taking off from Jakarta’s main airport.
Given the slim chance of finding survivors, authorities also said the focus would be on recovering the bodies of victims.
The Boeing 737-500 jet was on a domestic flight to Pontianak on Borneo Island, about 740 km from Jakarta, before disappearing from radar screens four minutes after takeoff and crashing into the Java Sea.
The incident marks the first major plane crash in Indonesia since 189 passengers and crew were killed on a Lion Air in 2018
The Boeing 737 MAX also crashed into the Java Sea in 2018 shortly after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
According to Fajar Tri Rohadi, divers had further narrowed the search area, which was heavily suspected to be the black box.
Bayu Wardoyo, a rescue diver, told Kompas TV that more human remains had been found Monday and that underwater visibility was about 5 to 6 meters.
A police hospital that received the remains had taken 40 DNA samples from relatives of victims and other medical records to aid identification.
“The faster we can find victims the better,” Rasman MS, director of search and rescue, said in an earlier briefing, adding that the operation involved 2,600 people, 53 ships and aerial surveillance.
Nurcahyo Utomo, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) in Indonesia, told Reuters that the jet may have been intact before hitting the water as the debris appeared to be scattered underwater in a relatively narrow area.
He said KNKT has not yet spoken to Sriwijaya Air management but is collecting data on the aircraft and the pilots.
Rescue workers have so far found one of the jet’s turbines, parts of the aircraft tail, the edge of a wheel and an evacuation slide, as well as clothing and personal items belonging to passengers.
Flight SJ 182 had 12 crew members and 50 passengers on board, all Indonesians and including 10 children.