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5 bags of human remains retrieved from Indonesian plane crash site

Christian Fernsby |
Rescuers on Sunday collected five bags of human body parts and three bags of debris of the Sriwijaya Air plane that crashed in the waters off the coast of Indonesian capital Jakarta, a senior official said.

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Topics: INDONESIA   

"We received three bags containing the debris of the plane and five bags of human body parts," Operation Director of the National Search and Rescue Agency Rasman M.S. said.

All the eight bags were carried by the navy's KRI Kurau ship, according to the director.

This has brought the total body parts discovered by the rescuers to seven.

The Boeing 737-500 aircraft, flying from the capital Jakarta to Pontianak city in West Kalimantan province on Saturday afternoon, crashed into the Java Sea off Seribu District in north of Jakarta.

It was carrying 50 passengers, including seven children and three babies, and 12 crew members.

The body parts would be handed to the police's DVI (disaster victims identification) unit for identification and the debris would be sent to the National Transport Safety Committee for analysis, according to the agency.

The search and rescue operation for the victims and the wreckage of the plane is still underway, it said.

"We have detected signals in two points. This could be the black box - we will investigate", Bagus Puruhito, chief of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, told the press.

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