Indonesia makes use of unmanned underwater automobiles to seek for air accident victims, referred to as “black packing containers”.
© Reuters. Indonesia continues its search for debris from Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia has used a remotely operated underwater vehicle to help divers locate the remains of victims and retrieve the flight recorders from a Sriwijaya air jet that crashed into the sea three days ago shortly after takeoff.
The Boeing (NYSE 🙂 737-500 aircraft with 62 people on board crashed into the Java Sea on Saturday afternoon, four minutes after taking off from Jakarta’s main airport.
The Indonesian police identified a victim of the crash for the first time on Monday. Flight attendant Okky Bisma was identified by his fingerprints, a police officer said.
“My super kind husband … Heaven is your place … Until we meet again, darling,” wrote Okky’s wife, who is also a flight attendant, on her Instagram account.
The Boeing 737-500 was on a domestic flight to Pontianak on Borneo Island, about 740 km from Jakarta, before disappearing from radar screens.
It was the second 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 takeoff. The jet that crashed on Saturday has a completely different design.
“Today we are concentrating on finding the victims,” said Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the Search and Rescue Agency Basarnas, on Tuesday.
Divers have narrowed down an area they believe may be flight recorders known as the black box, but debris has hampered search efforts, officials said.
A remotely operated underwater vehicle has been used to clean the sea floor while naval vessels use sonar search to search from the surface.
As soon as the flight data and cockpit voice recorders are found, the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) in Indonesia expects that the information can be read in three days.
With few immediate clues as to what led to a catastrophic loss of control after launch, investigators will rely heavily on the flight recorders to determine what went wrong.
Sriwijaya Air’s aircraft was nearly 27 years old and much older than Boeing’s problematic 737 MAX model. Older 737 models are widespread and do not have the stall prevention system implicated in the MAX security crisis.
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