Divers scoured the seabed close to Indonesia’s capital Wednesday for the cockpit recordings of a crashed passenger aircraft, after investigators mentioned it might be days earlier than they might learn the flight information recorder that had already been salvaged.
The two “black boxes” may provide essential clues as to why the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plunged about 10,000 ft (3,000 metres) in lower than a minute earlier than slamming into the Java Sea quickly after take-off on Saturday, taking with it 62 individuals.
Divers simply off the coast of Jakarta had hauled the information recorder to the floor Tuesday, with the hunt now centered on discovering a voice recorder on the wreckage-littered seabed.
The discovery got here as a workforce from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ready to hitch the investigation within the capital, together with employees from Boeing, the Federal Aviation Administration and jet engine producer GE Aviation.
“The search continues today and we’re hoping for a good result,” Rasman MS, the search-and-rescue company’s operations director, informed reporters Wednesday.
Agency chief Soerjanto Tjahjono mentioned a day earlier that investigators hoped to obtain information from the retrieved black field in a matter of days, so “we can reveal the mystery behind this accident”.
Black field information contains the velocity, altitude and route of the aircraft in addition to flight crew conversations, and helps clarify practically 90 % of all crashes, in response to aviation consultants.
So far authorities have been unable to clarify why the 26-year-old aircraft crashed simply 4 minutes after setting off from Jakarta, certain for Pontianak metropolis on Borneo island, a 90-minute flight away.
More than 3,000 individuals are collaborating within the restoration effort, assisted by dozens of boats and helicopters flying over small islands off the capital’s coast.
A remotely operated automobile has been deployed to help the divers, however sturdy currents and monsoon rains could make the duty tougher.
“It’s not easy to find victims and parts of the fuselage because the debris and human remains are usually in small pieces so they can easily drift away,” mentioned Agus Haryono with the search-and-rescue company’s crash workforce.
The grisly process of attempting to find mangled physique elements also can take a psychological toll.
Newer divers “feel uncomfortable or even get scared, especially when they’re retrieving remains at night,” Haryono mentioned.
“But, as time goes by, they get stronger mentally to face these situations.”
Three extra victims have been recognized by matching fingerprints on file to physique elements retrieved from the murky depths, authorities mentioned Wednesday, together with a 50-year-old feminine passenger and a 38-year-old off-duty pilot.
There have been 10 youngsters among the many passengers on the half-full aircraft, which had skilled pilots on the controls.
Scores of physique baggage stuffed with human stays have been being taken to a police morgue the place forensic investigators hoped to establish victims by matching fingerprints or DNA with family members.
Authorities mentioned the crew didn’t declare an emergency or report technical issues with the aircraft earlier than its dive, and that the 737 was in all probability intact when it hit the water — citing a comparatively small space the place the wreckage was scattered.
The crash probe was more likely to take months, however a preliminary report was anticipated in 30 days.
Aviation analysts mentioned flight-tracking information confirmed the aircraft sharply deviated from its supposed course earlier than it went right into a steep dive, with unhealthy climate, pilot error or mechanical failure among the many potential components.
The accident has spawned some misinformation on-line, together with a pair of images claiming to indicate a child who survived the weekend crash. The photos truly present an toddler rescued from a deadly 2018 boat catastrophe.
Sriwijaya Air, which flies to locations in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia, has had security incidents together with runway overruns.
But it has not had a deadly crash since beginning operations in 2003.
Its CEO has mentioned the jet, which was beforehand flown by US-based Continental Airlines and United Airlines, was in match situation.
Indonesia’s fast-growing aviation sector has lengthy been suffering from security considerations, and its airways have been as soon as banned from US and European airspace.
In October 2018, 189 individuals have been killed when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet crashed close to Jakarta.
That accident — and one other in Ethiopia — led to the grounding of the 737 MAX worldwide over a defective anti-stall system.
The 737 that went down Saturday was first produced a long time in the past and was not a MAX variant.
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