Some 268 divers continued on Thursday to search for the second black box of the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 which crashed in Indonesia last Saturday, the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) said.
“The divers focused their search on six locations that surround the probable area of the crash in the waters between Laki Island and Lancang Island,” Basarnas operations manager Mr. Rasman said during a press conference. In addition to the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), search operations also concerned human remains and debris from the aircraft, after a suspension on Wednesday due to bad weather and sea currents. Crying friends and relatives buried the remains of a 29-year-old flight attendant in the crash in Jakarta on Thursday.
Okky Bisma is the first victim whose identity has been confirmed after the disaster. The fingerprints of one of his hands recovered by the divers were compared with a government database for this identification. At least five other victims have been identified after him, as investigators continue to examine human remains recovered at sea among the debris and pieces of the aircraft’s fuselage.
Sriwijaya Air’s Boeing 737-500 had 62 people on board when it plunged into the Java Sea minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital Jakarta, in a still unexplained crash.