Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182: Hope for survivors fades as plane wreckage found off Indonesian coast

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Wreckage from from a Boeing 737-500 has been found by divers off Indonesia's coast, as hopes for survivors from Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 diminish.
Wreckage from a passenger plane that went missing off Indonesia's coast shortly after take off has been discovered by divers, the country's military chief said Sunday, as hopes diminished that survivors would be found.

Parts from the Boeing 737-500 were found at a depth of about 75 feet in the Java Sea, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said in a statement, a day after Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 disappeared with 62 people on board, all of them Indonesian nationals.

Three babies and seven other children were among the 50 passengers and six working crew members were aboard, along with six other crew for another flight.

Tjahjanto said body parts had been found by divers, along with pieces of clothing and scraps of metal and broken pieces of fuselage with aircraft registration parts.

"We are sure that is the point where the plane crashed," he said.

Indonesian police officers and soldiers carry debris of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182, which crashed to the sea on Saturday. WILLY KURNIAWAN / Reuters

As families gathered to await more information and news of loved ones, authorities established two crisis centers — one at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, where the plane departed from, and another at a nearby port.

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