5 bags of human body parts retrieved from Indonesian plane crash site


Rescuers on Sunday collected five bags of human body parts and three bags of debris of the Sriwijaya Air plane that crashed in the waters off the coast of Indonesian capital Jakarta, a senior official said.

"We received three bags containing the debris of the plane and five bags of human body parts," Operation Director of the National Search and Rescue Agency Rasman M.S. said.

All the eight bags were carried by the navy's KRI Kurau ship, according to the director.

This has brought the total body parts discovered by the rescuers to seven.

The Boeing 737-500 aircraft, flying from the capital Jakarta to Pontianak city in West Kalimantan province on Saturday afternoon, crashed into the Java Sea off Seribu District in north of Jakarta.

It was carrying 50 passengers, including seven children and three babies, and 12 crew members.

The body parts would be handed to the police's DVI (disaster victims identification) unit for identification and the debris would be sent to the National Transport Safety Committee for analysis, according to the agency.

The search and rescue operation for the victims and the wreckage of the plane is still underway, it said.

The Indonesian National Police's hospital has received 21 deoxyri-bonucleic acid (DNA) samples from families of the victims of the Sriwijaya Air plane crash and seven bags of body parts, a police officer said on Sunday.

The Indonesian National Police spokesman Brigadier General Rusdi Hartono said all the DNA samples would be matched with the body parts suspected to belong to the passengers of the ill-fated plane.

"Starting tomorrow (Monday) the DVI (Disaster Victim Identification) team will identify the body parts in the bags," said Hartono.