Indonesian divers recover tire, more debris of crashed plane in Java Sea
Published: Jan 10, 2021 03:41 PM

Members of Search and Rescue (SAR) team conduct a search operation at the plane crash site of the Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 in the waters of Lancang Island, Jan. 10, 2021. Indonesia's Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has confirmed the crash of a Boeing 737-500 plane of an Indonesian airlines with 62 people on board that lost contact with the air traffic controller on Saturday afternoon. At a virtual press conference held on Saturday evening, the minister said the Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 heading from capital city Jakarta to Pontianak city in West Kalimantan province crashed into the waters off the Seribu District in north of Jakarta. According to him, the plane was believed to have crashed near the district's Laki Island and Lancang Island, part of the Thousand Islands chain. (Xinhua/Veri Sanovri)

 Divers on Sunday found a tire and more debris of Indonesia's Sriwijaya Air passenger plane that crashed into the Java Sea off Jakarta, a rescuer and an official said.

A local TV footage showed rescuers lifting a tire of the Boeing 737-500 plane from the sea, and underwater equipment displaying a lot of debris of the ill-fated plane at the sea floor with the depth of 23 meters.

Spokesman of the National Search and Rescue Office (Basarnas) Yusuf Latief told Xinhua that some pieces of the debris have been collected from the scene.

A total of 362 rescuers with 38 ships, some of them equipped with multi-beam echo-sounders and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) to detect objects underwater, were searching for the victims and the wreckage of the budget airline plane with flight number SJ-182, he said.

"The ships will search for the location of the fuselage of the plane," Latief said.

The search was also carried out by air and land as the strong current might bring the debris to the coast of nearby islands, according to him.

Head of the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency Bagus Puruhito said the focus of the operation was to recover the victims and search for the source of two signals of emergency locator transmitter (ELT) caught by the rescuers.

He said the floor of the sea contained mud, expecting that the two black boxes of the aircraft would be there.

"Now we are attempting to reach the source which is expected to be the black boxes," Puruhito said.

The Boeing 737-500 aircraft, flying from the capital Jakarta to Pontianak city in West Kalimantan province on Saturday afternoon, crashed into the Java Sea off the Seribu District in north of Jakarta.

It was carrying 50 passengers, including seven children and three babies, and 12 crew members.
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