Boeing crash in Indonesia: debris and body parts found, signal detected at sea

“This morning we received two bags, one with items belonging to the passengers and the other with body parts,” police spokesman Yusri Yunus told Metro TV.

The police “are working on identifications,” he said. Numerous rescue and army boats, as well as helicopters and divers were deployed on Sunday morning after the site of the crash was determined overnight.

Debris was brought back to the main port of Jakarta where a first-aid post was established. Sriwijaya Air’s aircraft connecting Jakarta to Pontianak, on the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, lost contact with air traffic controllers on Saturday shortly after 2:40 p.m. local time, some 4 minutes after takeoff.

The location of the alleged Boeing crash was near tourist islands just off Jakarta. Fifty passengers and the 12 crew members were on board.

Sriwijaya’s plane does not belong to the controversial new generation of the Boeing 737 MAX but is a “classic”, 26-year-old Boeing 737.

A signal from the device detected at sea

A signal from the Boeing which crashed at sea off the Indonesian capital Jakarta with 62 people on board has been detected, an army official said on Sunday.

A navy vessel “detected a signal from the device (…) and a team of divers began to descend and found pieces of the device such as debris and parts with identification numbers and others, “said Hadi Tjahjanto, the commander of the Indonesian armed forces, quoted in a statement from the Ministry of Transport. The ministry did not say whether the signal came from the device’s black box.

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