Sriwijaya Air crash
Indonesia releases footage of wreckage, black box hunt (video)
Published: 11:38 AM, 11 January 2021 Updated: 11:39 AM, 11 January 2021
The Indonesian navy has released the footage of divers searching through the wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed into the sea on Saturday as the hunt for its black boxes resumed.
Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 with 62 people on board, but vanished from radar on its way to Borneo Island at the weekend.
The search teams have already found aircraft parts and the body remains. However, the planes’ black boxes, which have been located, are yet to be recovered.
Giving the importance of the search mission, one official called this “24-hour” operation. “It’s going to be an around-the-clock operation,” Rasman MS, head of the search and rescue agency, told reporters. - reports BBC.
According to AFP, about 2600 personnel are currently involved in the search operation along with dozens of boats and helicopters. In the meantime, body parts, wreckage and passengers' clothing were seen floating from waters about 23 meters (75ft) deep.
“There appears of finding no survivors, however, we are still hopeful,” an investigator with Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) told Reuters, mentioning that the “authorities hoped to find the black boxes on Monday.”
He added that it was possible that the plane broke apart when it hit the water, based on debris found so far.
Search operation video released by Indonesian navy: