Divers recovered one of the two black boxes from the Indonesian passenger plane that crashed into the sea on Tuesday. It concerns the so-called flight data recorder, which keeps track of flight data. The black box that records communication in the cockpit has not yet been found.
The Indonesian National Transport Safety Commission (KNKT) expects to take two to five days to read the information. Investigators are relying on the black boxes to determine the cause of the crash, as further clear clues are lacking.
Sriwija Air flight SJ182 departed Jakarta at 13:40 local time on Saturday in the direction of the Indonesian city of Pontianak on Borneo. The flight was supposed to take about 1.5 hours, but the plane with 62 passengers disappeared from the radar four minutes after departure.
According to Flightradar, the Boeing 737-500 lost 3,300 meters in altitude within one minute. At the place where the plane last shared its location, in the sea, emergency services found debris and body parts. Pieces of an inflatable slide, cables, a piece of jeans and personal belongings have been found so far.
The first victim was identified on Monday. It concerns a 29-year-old flight attendant. More than 3,600 emergency workers and fifty ships have been deployed to identify more victims and to clear debris.