Indonesia stops trying to find victims of the Sriwijaya airplane crash

© Reuters. Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects debris from Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182 in the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta

By Yuddy Cahya Budiman

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities said Thursday that searches for victims of a plane crash that killed all 62 people on board had been stopped but the hunt for the Sriwijaya Air Jet's cockpit voice recorder (CVR) would be continued.

"The searches have stopped, but we will continue to search for the CVR," said Bagus Puruhito, who heads the country's search and rescue agency.

He told reporters that the rescue team collected more than 324 bags of body parts and airplane parts.

Flight SJ 182 crashed into the Java Sea on January 9, four minutes after taking off from Jakarta.

Last week, divers pulled the other so-called black box, the flight data recorder, of the 26-year-old Boeing (NYSE 🙂 Co 737-500 jet from the sea floor.

The Sriwijaya crash was the biggest air disaster in Indonesia since October 2018, when 189 people were killed on board a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX, which also crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off.

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