Search Ends for Downed Sriwijaya Air Plane

Indonesian authorities have officially ended the search and rescue operation for the downed Sriwijaya Air SJ-182 which has crashed in the Javan Sea.

Indonesian authorities have officially ended the search and rescue operation for the downed Sriwijaya Air SJ-182 which has crashed in the Javan Sea last January 9.

“After technical considerations, as well as [considering] the search effectiveness in the field and meeting with the victims’ families,  on January 21 at 5.00 p.m., the search operation for the SJ-182 flight has officially come to an end,” announced National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief Bagus Puruhito.

After 13 days of searching, rescuers have collected 324 body bags, 68 small pieces of aircraft debris, and 55 large pieces of wreckage.

Only 43 victims have been identified so far while 7 are still being verified. 

Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that investigations are still ongoing and that the search for the missing memory unit from the cockpit voice recorder will continue.

Sumadi said they are committed to continuing efforts to find the cockpit voice recorder under orders from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

A team from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are set to join the investigation. 

Boeing and GE are also cooperating with Indonesian authorities to decipher the data from the retrieved flight recorder. 

Sriwijaya Air has compensated the families of the victims Rp 1.5 billion ($107,080) per passenger.


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