Indonesia Plane Crash: Possible plane wreckage found in Java Sea

Indonesia Plane Crash: Possible plane wreckage found in Java Sea

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JAKARTA: Indonesia divers on Sunday located parts of the wreckage of a Boeing 737-500 at a depth of 23 meters (75 feet) in the Java Sea, a day after the aircraft with 62 people on board crashed shortly after takeoff from the country's capital Jakarta on Saturday.

“From monitoring the results, it is strongly suspected that according to the coordinates of the last contact, the signal from the aircraft has been found," Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said in a statement. Rescuers deployed near the crash site said that they found body parts and pieces of the plane. 

The Sriwijaya Air jet was carrying 62 people when it disappeared from radar four minutes into its journey to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province of Indonesia.

On Sunday, signals thought to be from the jet's flight recorder were reportedly traced by Indonesian authorities in a bid to locate the missing flight.

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More than 10 ships have now been deployed to the site with navy divers.

Yesterday, the Sriwijaya Air passenger plane departed Jakarta airport in Indonesia at 14:36 local time (07:36 GMT).

The last contact with the plane was recorded at 14:40 pm, with the call sign SJY182, according to the transport ministry.

The usual flight time to Pontianak, in the west of the island of Borneo, is 90 minutes.

The aircraft did not send a distress signal, according to the head of national search and rescue agency Air Marshal Bagus Puruhito.

Flight tracking website has estimated that it dropped more than 3,000m (10,000ft) in less than a minute.

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