The Boeing 737, a Sriwijaya Air flight, carrying more than 60 people (43 adults and 7 children, as well as 12 crewmembers) crashed into the Java Sea on Saturday, minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Three fishermen from Lancang Island heard an explosion and experienced a sudden large wave around the time the plane went missing. The men said they didn’t see a plane crash into the sea, but smelled fuel and spotted debris.
Indonesian rescuers pulled out body parts, pieces of clothing and scraps of metal from the Java Sea early Sunday morning, a day after a Boeing 737-500 with 62 people onboard crashed shortly after takeoff from Jakarta. Rescuers are collecting debris found in the waters around the location where a Sriwijaya Air passenger jet has lost contact. There is a heavy rain and winds in the search area, and the crew is using night vision and radar in the search effort. Indonesia’s air safety record is again in the spotlight after a Sriwijaya Air jet crashed into the Java Sea marking the country’s third major airline crash in just over six years.