Bad weather impedes day-11 SAR operation of crashed Sriwijaya

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Bad weather over the Seribu Islands waters, Jakarta, played spoilsport on the eleventh day of search operation for the Sriwijaya Air plane that crashed on January 9, National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) stated, Tuesday.

“Today, we have inhospitable weather, and it was not conducive for us to launch diving activities,” Brigadier General Rasman, operational director of the agency, informed the press at the Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) 2 in Tanjung Priok, the center of the rescue team.

On Tuesday morning, the latest data received by Basarnas showed the height of the waves peaking at 1.5 to 2.5 meters, while the wind was moving at 31 knots.

“It means we consider the high risk if we continue the diving activities, as it would be hazardous for the team,” Rasman noted, adding that they will wait for the weather conditions to improve.

“I am really hoping that the weather clears up, as yesterday, the entire day was not much conducive to dive, and we got minimum result because of such weather factors,” Rasman explained.

During today’s operation, some 300 divers were prepared for conducting the underwater search of the passengers’ body parts, debris, and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the aircraft.

For 10 days of the SAR operation until Monday, January 18, the joint team had retrieved body remains collected in some 310 body bags along with 60 bags of small debris and 55 bigger parts, as well as its flight data recorder (FDR) — one part of the two-component black box — and the CVR outer case.

Source: Antara News