Police divers retrieve other body parts of Sriwijaya Air passengers

Jakarta Police divers, on Tuesday, found several other human body parts suspected to be of passengers aboard the Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182 that crashed into the sea.

"After combing through the crash site of the Sriwijaya Air plane for 30 minutes, the team found several human remains believed to be of those of (the Sriwijaya Air) passengers," Director of Water Police of the Water and Air Police Diving Corps of the Security Maintenance Board of the National Police Brigadier General Yassin Kosasih stated aboard the police vessel Bisma 0003 in the waters of Seribu Islands.

The police divers also managed to retrieve several components of the plane from the seabed, he remarked.

"We have also found debris of the plane, including from the engine, chairs, and wall, during the first search operation," he noted.

The Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182 is believed to have crashed in the waters between Laki Island and Lancang Island in Seribu Islands off North Jakarta's coast.

The Transportation Ministry earlier confirmed that airport authorities had lost contact with the plane serving the Jakarta-Pontianak route at approximately 2:40 p.m. local time last Saturday.

According to the ministry, last contact was made with the Boeing 737-500 jet, bearing registration number PK CLC, at 11 nautical miles north of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport after passing an altitude of 11 thousand feet and while ascending to 13 thousand feet.

The plane took off from the Soekarno-Hatta Airport at 2:40 p.m. local time last Saturday and was scheduled to land at the Supadio Airport in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, at 3:50 p.m. local time.

Based on the manifest, the plane carried aboard 50 passengers and 12 crew members.

Source: Antara News

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