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PHOTOS: Wreckage of doomed Indonesian jet seen smashed to pieces at ocean bottom

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  • Underwater divers have found passenger belongings and plane wreckage at the bottom of the Java Sea

  • They are scouring for the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500’s black boxes which should reveal why it crashed

  • Investigator said it is likely the plane broke apart when it hit the water and was previously intact

  • Sriwijaya Flight 182 took off from Soekarno-Hatta airport on Saturday before plunging 10,000 ft in a minute

 

Indonesian divers have been scouring the Java Sea for wreckage and passenger belongings in hope of finding the black boxes from the jet which crashed on Saturday with 62 people on board.

Underwater footage of their rescue mission shows the divers examining the huge amount of debris from the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 which investigators say was still intact when it smashed into the sea.

A child’s Marvel backpack was among the distressing items found by the search team as they sifted through the wreckage from the plane which had plunged 10,000ft in a minute before the crash.

All 62 passengers and crew aboard the flight were Indonesian, including seven children and three babies.

Indonesian divers scouring the Java Sea for the wreckage of the plane which crashed on Saturday have found a huge amount of debris and passenger belongings

scouring the Java Sea for the wreckage of the plane which crashed on Saturday have found a huge amount of debris and passenger belongings

A child's Marvel backpack was among the distressing items found by the search team as they sifted through the wreckage

A child’s Marvel backpack was among the distressing items found by the search team as they sifted through the wreckage

Underwater footage of their rescue mission shows the divers examining the huge amount of debris from the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500

Underwater footage of their rescue mission shows the divers examining the huge amount of debris from the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500

Shrapnel from the Sriwijaya Air plane was lifted from the crash site around the Thousand Islands as investigators say the jet was likely intact when it smashed into the water

Shrapnel from the Sriwijaya Air plane was lifted from the crash site around the Thousand Islands as investigators say the jet was likely intact when it smashed into the water

A piece of one of the engines sits on the dock awaiting examination by crash investigators as they scour the sea for wreckage and passengers

A piece of one of the engines sits on the dock awaiting examination by crash investigators as they scour the sea for wreckage and passengers

Health workers spray disinfectant over body bags containing human remains recovered from the crash site of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 at the port in Jakarta on January 10

Health workers spray disinfectant over body bags containing human remains recovered from the crash site of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 at the port in Jakarta on January 10

The plane - a Boeing B737-500 - is understood to have fallen 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds just four minutes after it took off

The plane – a Boeing B737-500 – is understood to have fallen 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds just four minutes after it took off

Around 2,600 personnel are working in the recovery effort, with dozens of boats and helicopters hauling body parts, twisted piece of wreckage and passengers’ clothing from shallow waters about 75ft deep.

Body bags filled with human remains are being taken to a police hospital where investigators hope to identify victims by matching DNA from their remains to living relatives.

Investigators have so far been unable to say why the 26-year-old plane crashed just four minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, but say they do know the location of the black boxes in the sea.

Retrieving the bright orange boxes – cockpit voice and flight data recorders – will likely help explain why the jet plunged so quickly.

They’re built to survive at vast depths and in extreme heat, and are fitted with a beacon which can emit a signal for one month.

Underwater divers are searching for the plane’s black boxes which will help explain why the jet plunged so quickly

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A family member of one of the victims of the plane crash is embraced by a police officer as she arrives for the post-mortem at a hospital in JakartaAround 2,600 personnel are working in the recovery effort, with dozens of boats and helicopters hauling body parts, twisted piece of wreckage and passengers' clothing from shallow waters about 75ft deep

 

Around 2,600 personnel are working in the recovery effort, with dozens of boats and helicopters hauling body parts, twisted piece of wreckage and passengers’ clothing from shallow waters about 75ft deep

An investigator with Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said the jet possibly broke apart when it hit waters based on debris found so far

An investigator with Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said the jet possibly broke apart when it hit waters based on debris found so far

Investigators have so far been unable to say why the 26-year-old plane crashed just four minutes after takeoff from Jakarta

Investigators have so far been unable to say why the 26-year-old plane crashed just four minutes after takeoff from Jakarta

Aviation analysts said flight-tracking data showed the plane sharply deviated from its intended course before it went into a steep dive

Aviation analysts said flight-tracking data showed the plane sharply deviated from its intended course before it went into a steep dive

The devices record information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane as well as flight crew conversations, and help explain nearly 90 percent of all crashes, according to aviation experts. 

The plane’s captain, Afwan, a 54-year-old father of three, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, was a former air force pilot with decades of flying under his belt.

His nephew Ferza Mahardhika told BBC Indonesia that the pilot had left home quickly on the day of the flight, complaining that ‘his shirt hadn’t been ironed, when usually he is really neat’.

Afwan also apologised to his children for having to leave home to board the doomed flight.

He was described as a devout Muslim who was always keen to help people in his community of Bogor.

The plane's captain, Afwan, a 54-year-old father of three, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, was a former air force pilot with decades of flying under his belt

The plane’s captain, Afwan, a 54-year-old father of three, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, was a former air force pilot with decades of flying under his belt

Ratih Windania posted a selfie with her three children laughing as they boarded a plane in Indonesia on Saturday in a heartbreaking final message

Ratih Windania posted a selfie with her three children laughing as they boarded a plane in Indonesia on Saturday in a heartbreaking final message

The family's final message was sent just before they boarded the plane from the Indonesian capital after a three-week holiday

The family’s final message was sent just before they boarded the plane from the Indonesian capital after a three-week holiday

Ferza Mahardhika said: ‘He was a very good man. He often gave advice, wise advice. He was a prominent figure in his neighbourhood and was well-known for his kindness.’

An investigator with Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said the jet possibly broke apart when it hit waters based on debris found so far.

‘We don’t know for sure, but if we look at the debris, they’re scattered in an area that is not too wide,’ Nurcahyo Utomo said on Monday.

‘It possibly ruptured when it hit waters because if it had exploded midair, the debris would be distributed more widely,’ he added.

[Courtesy: DailyMail]


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