Black boxes of a passenger plane which crashed within the sea soon after take-off from Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday are located, officials say.
A small flotilla of ships has been searching the location and navy divers should soon be ready to retrieve the 2 flight recorders, they add.Aircraft parts and human remains are found.
The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 was carrying 62 people when it vanished from radar on its journey to Borneo.
“We have located the position of the black boxes, both of them,” said Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of Indonesia’s transport safety committee, quoted by AFP.
“Divers will start trying to find them now and hopefully it won’t be long before we get them.”
Investigators are analysing items which they believe to be a wheel and a part of the plane’s fuselage.
BBC South-East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head says the ocean during this a part of Indonesia is comparatively shallow and therefore the inclemency which had been hampering rescue operations has now improved, making it more likely significant parts are often recovered.
However, the search appears to supply no hope of finding any survivors.
A spokesman for the Jakarta police, Yusri Yunus, said two bags had been received from the search and rescue agency.
“The first bag contained passengers’ properties, another bag contained body parts,” he told reporters, adding: “We are still identifying these findings.”
Search and rescue efforts were suspended overnight but resumed early Sunday. Four planes have also been deployed to assist with the search.
The missing aircraft isn’t a 737 Max, the Boeing model that was grounded from March 2019 until last December following two deadly crashes.