The vast search operation involving 2,500 rescuers and soldiers also made it possible to locate two black boxes of the device, which contain key recordings to help investigators determine the causes of the accident, still unknown.
The divers “will start looking for them and I hope it won’t take long before they get them back,” said Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of the Transport Security Commission.
Indonesian company Sriwijaya Air’s Boeing 737-500 plunged into the sea off the Indonesian capital on Saturday around 2:40 p.m. local time (8:40 a.m. in Belgium), just minutes after taking off from Jakarta.
Relief said Sunday evening they had recovered ten bags containing human remains as well as sixteen large pieces of fuselage and ten bags of debris.
Among the debris brought back to the main port of Jakarta, one could see an airplane tire, pieces of fuselage in the colors of the company and a pink child’s clothing.
But relatives’ anguish increased as hopes of locating survivors of the flight to Pontianak, in the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, dwindled.