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Boeing jet was likely intact until it smashed into sea killing 62 people moments after take off in Indonesia

THE Indonesian plane that crashed killing all on board was probably in tact when it smashed into the sea, investigators say.

The Boeing 737 carrying 62 passengers and crew came down just minutes after take-off from the capital Jakarta on a domestic flight.

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Rescuers bringing wreckage from the plane ashore [/caption]
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The plane was in tact when it hit the sea, investigators believe[/caption]
Captain Afwan was a former air force pilot

Sriwijaya Air jet had left the capital Jakarta’s main airport on a domestic flight to Pontianak on Borneo, 460 miles away before it disappeared from radar screens.

Rescuers are today continuing with the grim task of identifying bodies and sifting through wreckage and personal belongings recovered from the sea.

The Indonesian navy has released footage of divers searching through the wreckage as the hunt resumes for black box flight ) that will help investigators piece together what happened.

An investigator with Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said the Sriwijaya Air jet possibly broke apart when it hit waters based on debris found so far.

“We don’t know for sure, but if we look at the debris, they’re scattered in an area that is not too wide,” Nurcahyo Utomo said on Monday.

“It possibly ruptured when it hit waters because if it had exploded midair, the debris would be distributed more widely.”

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Rescuers carrying body bags [/caption]
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Parts of the plane have been recovered [/caption]
Search and rescue teams are retrieving some of the plane’s debris
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The plane’s co-pilot Fadly Satrianto[/caption]

In charge of the aircraft was Captain Afwan, a 54-year-old former air force pilot and dad-of-three.

Before leaving for the airport he complained that “his shirt hadn’t been ironed, when usually he is really neat”, his nephew Ferza Mahardhika told the BBC.

The captain also apologised to his three children for having to leave them again.

Family and colleagues said the pilot was a devout Muslim was eager to help people in his neighbourhood in the West Java town of Bogor.

“He was a very good man. He often gave advice, wise advice. He was a prominent figure in his neighbourhood and was well-known for his kindness,” said his nephew .

“I’m devastated and can’t believe that this is happening. Please pray for uncle and our family,” he added.

His profile picture on social media is a cartoon of Superman praying, with the words “it doesn’t matter how high you fly, you will never reach heaven if you don’t pray”.

Rathi Windania seen on board a plane on an earlier trip with her children
Her brother Irfansyah Riyanto desperately waits for information on his five family members on board the plane

Rescuers have so far found one of the jet’s turbines, pieces of the plane’s tail, the rim of a wheel and an emergency chute, as well as clothing and personal belongings from passengers.

Flight SJ 182 had 12 crew and 50 passengers – including 10 children – on board, who were all Indonesians.

The heartbreaking final message of a mum on board the doomed Indonesian flight with her children before it crashed into the sea has been revealed.

Rathi Windania posted pictures of three laughing children before boarding the Boeing 737 that crashed into the sea carrying 62 passengers and crew members just minutes after takeoff.

So far 40 DNA samples from the relatives of victims have been taken and are being used with other medical records to help with identification, officials said.





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