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Indonesia says located black box recorders from crashed plane

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Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee display the debris of the Sriwijaya Air plane found during the search at the Search and Rescue Command center at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 11, 2021. (Xinhua/Veri Sanovri)

JAKARTA (AFP) – Authorities have yet to say why the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 crashed and went into a steep dive about four minutes after it left Soekarno-Hatta international airport on Saturday afternoon.

But, on Sunday, they said that they had pinpointed the location of its black boxes – cockpit voice and flight data recorders – that could be key to explaining why the plane slammed into the Java Sea off the sprawling city’s coast.
“Divers will start looking for them now and hopefully it won’t be long before we get them,” said the head of Indonesia’s transport safety agency, Soerjanto Tjahjono.

The search and rescue agency said it had collected body bags filled with human remains, as well as debris from the wreckage, in waters about 23 metres deep.

 

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