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Heartbreaking final message from mother and children as they boarded the doomed Indonesian plane


The heartbreaking latest news from passengers on the doomed Indonesian plane that crashed into the sea with 62 people on board was revealed when rescuers located two black boxes.

Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport for a 90-minute flight over the Java Sea between Jakarta and Pofntianak in West Kalimantan.

But at 2:40 p.m. – just four minutes after takeoff – the Boeing B737-500 crashed to nearly 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds. Witnesses claimed they heard two explosions.

Soerjanto Tjahjanto, head of the Indonesian Road Safety Agency, said authorities found the two black boxes in the sea and divers are now trying to find them along with body parts and aircraft wrecks.

It comes as the tragic latest news and posts were revealed as they shared photos on the plane before the crash.

Ratih Windania posted a selfie with her three laughing children as the family boarded the plane.

She said, 'Bye family. We'll drive home now. & # 39;

Ratih Windania posted a selfie with her three laughing children as they boarded a plane in Indonesia on Saturday

The family's last message was sent just before boarding the plane from the Indonesian capital after a three-week vacation

The family's last message was sent just before boarding the plane from the Indonesian capital after a three-week vacation

They originally intended to take another flight but they switched at the last minute

They originally intended to take another flight but they switched at the last minute

Rescuers uncovered 182 body parts and clothing during a desperate search for Sriwijaya Air Flight

Rescuers uncovered 182 body parts and clothing during a desperate search for Sriwijaya Air Flight

Indonesian rescue workers check a body bag while a huge team continues their search for the wreckage and passengers

Indonesian rescue workers check a body bag while a huge team continues their search for the wreckage and passengers

The message was sent just before they boarded the plane from the Indonesian capital.

"Pray for us," her brother Irfansyah Riyanto posted on Instagram with a picture of the family.

He said his family originally planned to take a different flight but they changed at the last minute.

Like dozens of other desperate relatives, Irfansyah rushed to Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta late Saturday. On Sunday, he was still hoping for good news about his sister and four other family members on the flight, including his parents.

Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Sunday that authorities had launched a comprehensive search for the Boeing 737-500 after narrowing down "the possible location of the crash site".

Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Sunday that authorities had launched a comprehensive search for the Boeing 737-500 after narrowing down "the possible location of the crash site".

The Boeing B737-500 fell nearly 3,300 meters to a height of only 75 meters in less than 60 seconds. Pictured: Debris discovered in the ocean

The Boeing B737-500 fell nearly 3,300 meters to a height of only 75 meters in less than 60 seconds. Pictured: Debris discovered in the ocean

While searching for the Sriwijaya Air passenger jet, navy divers pull part of an aircraft out of the water

While searching for the Sriwijaya Air passenger jet, navy divers pull part of an aircraft out of the water

"We feel powerless, we can only wait and hope to have information soon," Irfansyah told reporters.

Irfansyah said his relatives were originally supposed to have taken an earlier flight from Sriwijaya's NAM Air unit and he is not sure why this was changed.

His sister and her two children had been at the end of a three week vacation and were making the 740 km journey home to Pontianak on West Kalimantan Island.

"I was the one who drove you to the airport, helped with check-in and baggage … I feel like I still can't believe it and it went too fast," said Irfansyah.

Irfansyah said his relatives (pictured in the airport) were originally supposed to have taken an earlier flight from Sriwijaya's NAM Air unit and he is not sure why this was changed

Irfansyah said his relatives (pictured at the airport) were originally supposed to have taken an earlier flight from Sriwijaya's NAM Air unit and he is not sure why this was changed

A doctor sprays disinfectant on the washed-up debris while rescuers desperately search for survivors

A doctor sprays disinfectant on the washed-up debris while rescuers desperately search for survivors

The National Search and Rescue Agency of Indonesia (BASARNAS) is conducting a search and rescue operation

The National Search and Rescue Agency of Indonesia (BASARNAS) is conducting a search and rescue operation

Police asked families to provide information to identify bodies such as dental records and DNA samples.

At the police hospital, co-pilot Diego Mamahit's brother said he had been asked for a blood sample.

"I think my younger brother survived, these are just for police proceedings," said Chris Mamahit. "Diego is a good man, we still believe Diego survived."

Mahamit wrote on his LinkedIn profile: "I really love to fly."

A plane flies over Indonesian search and rescue teams that are scattered in several places looking for debris

A plane flies over Indonesian search and rescue teams that are scattered in several places looking for debris

Underwater divers have found parts of the wreck in the sea and pulled up clothing and body parts

Underwater divers have found parts of the wreck in the sea and pulled up clothing and body parts

Police asked families to provide information to identify bodies such as dental records and DNA samples

Police asked families to provide information to identify bodies such as dental records and DNA samples

He and one name pilot Afwan had nearly two decades of commercial flying experience. Afwan had previously been an Air Force pilot.

"We, the family, are still hoping for good news," a family member of Afwan, a devout Muslim, told Detik.com.

President Joko Widodo expressed his condolences on Sunday.

"We are doing our best to find and save the victims, and we all pray that they can be found," he said.

Panca Widiya Nursanti, a middle school teacher in Pontianak, had returned from a vacation in her hometown of Tegal, Central Java. In Pontianak, her husband, Rafiq Yusuf Al Idrus, told about the last contact he had with her.

"I was just kidding when she got to Pontianak that we would have satay together," he said.

She contacted me on WhatsApp at 2:55 p.m. with a laugh. She already got on the plane and said the weather conditions were not good. I said please pray a lot. & # 39;

These pieces were found between Lancang Island and Laki Island by the SAR team, said the national search and rescue agency Bagus Puruhito

These pieces were found between Lancang Island and Laki Island by the SAR team, said the national search and rescue agency Bagus Puruhito

Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Sunday that authorities had launched a comprehensive search for the Boeing 737-500 after narrowing down "the possible location of the crash site".

"These pieces were found between Lancang Island and Laki Island by the SAR team," said Bagus Puruhito, National Search and Rescue Agency.

The personnel of the naval ship Rigel detected a signal from the fallen aircraft that corresponds to the coordinates of the pilots' last contact.

"We immediately dispatched our divers from the Navy's elite unit to see if the victims should be evacuated," said Indonesian military chief Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto.

Captain EKo Surya Hadi, commander of a local lifeboat, told local television that human remains were found and said, "We found body parts, life jackets, Avtur (jet fuel) and debris from the aircraft."

A fisherman named Solihin told the BBC that he was at sea when he witnessed the plane crash into the water near his ship.

The plane fell into the sea like lightning and exploded in the water. It was quite close to us, the pieces of some kind of plywood almost hit my ship.

“We thought it was a bomb or a tsunami because after that we saw the big splash from the water.

"It rained heavily and the weather was so bad … We were very shocked and saw the aircraft debris and the fuel around our boat."

Locals on a nearby island said they heard two explosions before discovering pieces of metal, cables and fragments of jeans floating in the ocean.

Fifty-six passengers – including seven children and three babies, two pilots and four cabin crew – were on board the 26-year-old aircraft.

Indonesian search and rescue officers inspect a bag of debris believed to have come from the missing plane in Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesian search and rescue officers inspect a bag of debris believed to have come from the missing plane in Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia

The plane - believed to be a Boeing B737-500 - is believed to have fallen 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds just four minutes after takeoff

The plane – believed to be a Boeing B737-500 – is believed to have fallen 10,000 feet in less than 60 seconds just four minutes after takeoff

The missing plane is an older model than the Boeing 737 MAX, which was involved in two previous fatal crashes – including the Indonesian Lion Air crash in 2018 that killed 189 people.

Mr Sumadi said the doomed flight was delayed by an hour before it took off at 2:36 p.m.

However, the plane disappeared from the radar four minutes later after the pilot contacted air traffic control to ascend to an altitude of 8,839 meters.

A dozen ships – including four warships – were used in a search and rescue operation between Lancang Island and Laki Island, part of the Chain of Thousand Islands north of Jakarta.

"Sriwijaya Air Flight # SJ182 lost more than (3,000 meters) altitude in less than a minute, approximately 4 minutes after it took off from Jakarta," the tracking agency said on its official Twitter account.

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