Indonesian rescue teams intensified on Tuesday the search for the black boxes of the plane crashed on Sunday with 62 people on board, buried among the wreckage, while continuing to recover the bodies of the victims for identification.
The Indonesian Navy explained on social networks that it has been possible to delineate an area of no more than 140 meters long at the bottom of the sea in which the black boxes would be found, crucial to determine the causes of the accident of the Sriwajaya airline plane which disappeared from radar Saturday minutes after taking off from Jakarta.
“Black boxes may be there, but it is not easy. My experience in leading the search and rescue operations of the Lion Air plane (which took place in 2018) tells me that recovering them takes time, because there are many remains (of the aircraft),” said Admiral Yudo Margono, commander of the Indonesian Navy today.
In this task, the Indonesian Navy divers are concentrating their efforts on Tuesday to clear the debris of the plane to bring them to the surface, indicated the Indonesian portal Tempo.
Meanwhile, the task of recovering and identifying the bodies of the victims continues and at the moment a total of 58 DNA samples have been extracted, Police spokesman Rusdi Harrono reported at a press conference.
Forensic teams on Monday identified the first, and so far only remains of one of the accident victims, a 29-year-old flight attendant named Okky Bisma.
The plane, a Boeing 737-524 registered in 1994, crashed in the Java Sea after taking off from Sukarno-Hatta International Airport, in the Indonesian capital, bound for Pontianak, capital of West Borneo.
Authorities announced on Saturday afternoon that contact with the aircraft had been lost at 2:40 p.m. (local time, 6:40 GMT), about thirteen minutes after takeoff and without the Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) having issued any notice.
At the time, the plane had abruptly changed direction, prompting the control tower to ask the pilots what was happening when it suddenly disappeared from radar.
At the moment, the causes of the crash of the plane, in which 50 passengers were traveling, including three babies and seven other minors, and twelve crew members, all of Indonesian nationality, are unknown.