- Boeing 737-500 crashed with 62 people on board minutes after taking off from the country’s capital city of Jakarta on Saturday, January 9
- Among the passengers on board were two pilots, four cabin crew, seven children and three infants
- At the moment, the cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained
- One man identified as Yaman Zai disclosed that he lost four family members on the flight, his wife and three children
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Rescuers have pulled out body parts, pieces of clothing and scrap metals from the Java Sea waters where an Indonesian passenger plane dropped.
The Boeing 737-500 crashed with 62 people on board minutes after taking off from the country’s capital city of Jakarta on Saturday, January 9.
According to the Business Standard, the officials were hopeful to have located the possible site of the crash after sonar equipment detected a signal from the wreckage of the Sriwija Air Flight.
“These pieces were found by the SAR team between Lancang Island and Laki Island,” National Search and Rescue Agency Bagus Puruhito said in a statement.
Among the 62 people on board were two pilots, four cabin crew, seven children and three infants.
At the moment, the cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained with the authorities focusing on the search of the bodies but with dimmed hope of finding survivors.
Distraught relatives of the missing passengers have camped at the Pontianak airport. One man identified as Yaman Zai disclosed that he lost four family members on the flight, his wife and three children.
Earlier, there was palpable anxiety in Indonesia as a passenger plane with 62 people on board went missing shortly after taking off from the country's capital city, Jakarta.
Officials said the Boeing 737 plane belonging to Sriwijaya Air contact en route to Pontianak.
Meanwhile, it is suspected that the plane might have crashed into the sea as some residents of the island near where it disappeared said they had found objects they believed were from it.
Legit.ng gathered that eyewitnesses said they had seen and heard at least one explosion.
Fisherman Solihin, an eyewitness said he had witnessed a crash and his captain decided to return to land.
"The plane fell like lightning into the sea and exploded in the water. It was pretty close to us, the shards of a kind of plywood almost hit my ship."
The Indonesian Navy was reportedly deployed to look for the aircraft. Navy official Abdul Rasyid said the force had determined the plane's coordinates and ships had been deployed to the location.
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