Jakarta, Jan 10: Authorities said they determined the loca-tion of the crash site and black boxes of a Boeing 737-500 Sunday, a day after the aircraft crashed into the Java Sea with 62 people on board shortly after taking off from Indonesia’s capital.
The head of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency Bagus Puruhito, said officials believe they identified the location of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder – the so-called black boxes -because emergency signals trans-mitted by the devices were detected by a navy ship’s sonar system.
“We have determined the posi-tion of the plane’s black boxes from two signals emitted by the devices,” military chief Hach Tjabjanto said. “HopefUlly we can lift the black boxes in short time to determine the cause of the crash.” Earlier Sunday, search and rescue opera-tions resulted in parts of the plane being found in the sea at a depth of 23 meters, leading rescuers to con-tinue searching the area.
“We received reports from the diver team that the visibility in the water is good and clear, allowing the discovery of some parts of the plane,” Tjalijanto said in a state-ment. “We are sure that is the point where the plane crashed.” He said the objects found included broken pieces of fuselage with aircraft registration parts. Ea►n% rescuers pulled out body parts, – pieces of children’s clothing and scraps of metal from the surface.