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Indonesia/Canadian-Media: Location of the black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air jet with 62 onboard that crashed into the sea soon after taking off from the capital, Jakarta as well as human body parts and pieces of the plane were retrieved Sunday by Indonesian authorities with no signs of survivors, media reports said.
Crashed Plane Picture. Image credit: Unsplash
The Boeing 737-500 with 62 including 12 crew and 50 passengers on board, all Indonesians, including 10 children was headed on a domestic flight to Pontianak in West Kalimantan on Saturday before it disappeared from radar screens four minutes after takeoff.
The cause of the crash is not yet been determined.
The aircraft took off at 2:36 p.m. local time (0736 GMT) and climbed to reach 10,900 feet within four minutes, said tracking service Flightradar24, and then began a steep descent when all data transmission stopped 21 seconds later.
Air traffic control had asked the pilot why the plane was heading northwest instead of on its expected flight path seconds before it disappeared, a Transport Ministry spokesperson said.
"We are in contact with our airline customer and stand ready to support them during this difficult time," Boeing said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers and their families."
President Joko Widodo, speaking at the palace in Bogor, expressed "deep condolences" over the disaster and urged the public to pray that the missing people could be found.
Founded in 2003, Jakarta-based Sriwijaya Air group with a solid safety record with no onboard casualties in four incidents recorded on the Aviation Safety Network database.
In 2007 all Indonesian airlines were banned by the European Union following a series of crashes and reports of deteriorating oversight and maintenance since deregulation in the late 1990s. But in 2018 the restrictions were fully lifted.