Divers pulled body parts, wreckage and clothing from waters off Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Sunday, as the military located a signal it hoped would lead to the wreckage of a jet that crashed with 62 people on board.
The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plunged into a steep dive about four minutes after it left Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Jakarta on Saturday afternoon.
A military vessel “has found the signal from (Sriwijaya Air) SJ182” and divers had recovered parts of the plane from around 23 metres (75 feet) below the water’s surface, the transport ministry said Sunday, citing Indonesia’s military chief Hadi Tjahjanto.
The ministry did not specify if the signal was from the downed plane’s black box.
The frantic search appeared to offer no hope of finding any survivors.
“Several body parts have been found and they’ve been taken to the police hospital for identification,” Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus told AFP.
“We don’t know yet whether they’re from one person. Belongings that we think are from the passengers were also found.”
A child’s pink trousers, a broken tyre and wheel, life jackets and suspected wreckage from the plane were also found, according to authorities and AFP reporters on the scene. (Punch)