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Marvel rucksack seen in crashed flight debris as passengers’ last selfies shared

Marvel rucksack seen in crashed flight debris as passengers’ last selfies shared

A Marvel backpack has been found by divers sifting through the wreckage of a missing passenger plane which crashed into the sea on Saturday.

Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 was carrying 62 people, including 10 children, when it disappeared from radars minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia. Fishermen in the area then heard what they thought was an ‘explosion’ as the plane hit the water.

Divers have been searching for the aircraft’s flight data recorder, known as the ‘black box’, to help determine the cause of the crash. Chilling underwater footage showed the backpack among debris from the flight.

There are not believed to be any survivors of the crash, authorities have said. All of those on-board were Indonesian nationals, including three babies and seven other children.

Passenger selfies and messages before Indonesia plane crash
The backpack could be seen underwater among the debris of the flight (Picture: AP)

An investigator with Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said the debris showed the Sriwijaya Air jet may have broken apart when it hit the water.

Nurcahyo Utomo said: ‘We don’t know for sure, but if we look at the debris, they’re scattered in an area that is not too wide. It possibly ruptured when it hit waters because if it had exploded mid-air, the debris would be distributed more widely.’

In this image made from undated video released by Indonesian Navy (TNI AL), divers is seen recovering debris strewn on the sea floor in Java Sea where Sriwijaya Air passenger jet crashed, in Indonesia. The search for the black boxes of a crashed Sriwijaya Air jet intensified Monday to boost the investigation into what caused the plane carrying 62 people to nosedive at high velocity into the Java Sea. (Indonesian Navy via AP)
Divers are searching for the flight’s black box (Picture: AP)
ratih windania taken from instagram Ratih Windania posted the image on Instagram just after she got on the Boeing 737 at Jakarta airport
Ratih Windania posted a selfie with her children before the crash
ratih windania taken from instagram Ratih Windania posted the image on Instagram just after she got on the Boeing 737 at Jakarta airport
The family had been due to board a different flight
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The caption read: ‘Bye bye family. We’re heading home for now’

Over the weekend photographs, posts and final messages of passengers and crew on-board the flight were shared by their devastated families online.

Ratih Windania had shared a selfie with her children shortly before they boarded the plane together. She wrote on the image: ‘Bye bye family. We’re heading home for now.’

The family had originally planned to take a different flight, but changed at the last minute, her brother Irfansyah Riyanto said.

Captain Afwan, 54, a former air force pilot and dad-of-three, was in charge of the flight. His nephew told The BBC how he had apologised to his children for leaving them again before setting off.

epa08931194 Indonesian soldiers carry a body bag at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, 11 January 2021. Contact to Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 was lost on 09 January 2021 shortly after the aircraft took off from Jakarta International Airport while en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province. The plane crashed into the sea off the Jakarta coast. EPA/ADI WEDA
Indonesian rescue members check a body bag the team continues search the wreckage(Picture: EPA)
epa08929583 Indonesian Marine Leader Major General Suhartono (R) and NAVY desplay debris while on a boat during a search and rescue operation near the suspected crash site of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 in the waters off Jakarta, 10 January 2021. According to an airline spokesperson, contact to Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 was lost on 09 January 2021 shortly after the aircraft took off from Jakarta International Airport while en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province. A search and rescue operation is under way. EPA/Bagus Indahono
The cause of the crash is currently unknown (Picture: EPA)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 10, 2021: A number of officers collected the wreckage of the Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182, which was found in Jakarta waters, at the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta. Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 contact was lost on January 9, 2021, shortly after the plane took off from Jakarta International Airport while en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan Province.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Ahmad Soleh / Opn Images/ Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Ahmad Soleh / Opn Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A number of officers have been collecting the wreckage (Picture: Getty Images)
A national Transportation Safety Committee member takes a picture of suspected remains of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182 which crashed into the sea off the Jakarta coast, at Jakarta International Container Terminal port, Indonesia, January 11, 2021. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana
A national Transportation Safety Committee member takes a picture of remains discovered underwater (Picture: Reuters)

Ferza Mahardhika said: ‘We’re in grief, still praying for the best.’ He added: ‘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.’

Captain Afwan’s co-pilot Diego Mamahit is also missing following the crash. His brother Chris was asked to provide a blood sample by police.

Chris said: ‘I believe my younger brother survived, these are just for the police procedure. Diego is a good man, we still believe Diego survived.’

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