Divers resume sea seek for crashed airplane’s 2nd black field

JAKARTA, Indonesia — An aerial seek for victims and wreckage of a crashed Indonesian airplane expanded Thursday as divers continued combing the debris-littered seabed searching for the cockpit voice recorder from the misplaced Sriwijaya Air jet.

The Nationwide Search and Rescue Company had quickly suspended the seek for the second black field Wednesday as a result of dangerous climate and waves as much as 5 metres (16 toes) excessive. The divers returned to the water a number of hours later.


The Boeing 737-500 disappeared Saturday minutes after taking off from Jakarta with 62 folks aboard. The opposite black field containing flight information was recovered Tuesday, and the tons of of search personnel have additionally recovered airplane components and human stays from the Java Sea.

The aerial search is being expanded to coastal areas of the Thousand Island chain “as a result of airplane particles and victims could also be carried away by sea currents,” mentioned Rasman, the company’s search and rescue mission co-ordinator who goes by a single identify.

Navy officers have mentioned the 2 black packing containers have been buried in seabed mud below tons of wreckage between Lancang and Laki islands within the Thousand Island chain north of Jakarta. Not less than 268 divers have been deployed on Thursday, nearly double the earlier determine.


Rescuers elevated to four,100 personnel, supported by 13 helicopters, 55 ships and 18 raft boats.

Up to now, the searchers have despatched 141 physique luggage containing human stays to police identification consultants. Households have been offering DNA samples to the catastrophe sufferer identification unit, which on Wednesday mentioned it had recognized six victims, together with a flight attendant and an off-duty pilot.

The airline’s information confirmed each pilots answerable for the airplane have been extremely skilled and had comparatively good security information.


Capt. Afwan, who goes by one identify, started his profession as an air drive Hercules pilot and had a number of a long time of flying expertise. He was recognized to his kin and associates as a religious Muslim and preacher. Afwan’s co-pilot, Diego Mamahit, was equally certified.

Nurcahyo Utomo, an investigator with Indonesia’s Nationwide Transportation Security Committee, recognized by its Indonesian acronym as KNKT, mentioned the crew didn’t declare an emergency or report technical issues earlier than the airplane nosedived into the ocean.

He mentioned investigators are actually working to learn crucial particulars on the flight information recorder that was salvaged earlier and tracks digital data resembling airspeed, altitude and vertical acceleration.


The KNKT chairman, Soerjanto Tjahjono mentioned the airplane continued to transmit information because it fell from an altitude of almost 11,000 toes (three,352 metres) to as little as 250 toes (7.6 metres), citing findings from a radar information investigation.

Tjahjono additionally mentioned a damaged fan blade nonetheless hooked up on its turbine disc has been among the many particles discovered, and that “the broken fan blade signifies that the engine was nonetheless functioning in the course of the impression.”

Investigators and consultants from the U.S. Nationwide Transportation Security Board, the jet engine producer Normal Electrical and Boeing might be becoming a member of the investigation within the subsequent few days.


Indonesia’s aviation business grew rapidly after the nation’s economic system was opened following the autumn of dictator Suharto within the late 1990s. Security issues led america and the European Union to ban Indonesian carriers for years, however the bans have since been lifted as a result of higher compliance with worldwide aviation requirements.

Niniek Karmini And Fadlan Syam, The Related Press