Indonesia suspects signals from crashed 737 jet

Indonesia detected signals on Sunday that officials suspect are from the airplane that crashed into the sea earlier this weekend.

The Boeing 737 Sriwijaya Air jet disappeared four minutes after departing from Jakarta toward West Kalimantan, carrying sixty-two passengers and crew.

Indonesian navy officials told local media that suspected pieces of the plane and human remains were retrieved from the water soon after and had been sent to a hospital for identification.

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo spoke on Sunday:

"We will do our best to find and save the victims, and together, let's pray that they can be found."

The country's top search and rescue official said they're investigating two signal points discovered on Sunday, which he says could be from the plane's flight data recorder, or black box.

Search teams and local fisherman earlier in the weekend retrieved other debris off of the coast of Jakarta.

The crash is the first major airline incident in Indonesia since 2018 when a faulty Boeing 737 Max killed all passengers and crew onboard.

The Sriwijaya Air plane was a nearly 27-year-old Boeing 737-500, a model much older than Boeing's previously problem-ridden 737 MAX.

Video Transcript

- Indonesia detected signals on Sunday that officials suspect are from the airplane that crashed into the sea earlier this weekend. The Boeing 737 Swarajya air jet disappeared four minutes after departing from Jakarta toward West Kalimantan, carrying 162 passengers and crew. Indonesian Navy officials told local media that suspected pieces of the plane and human remains were retrieved from the water soon after and had been sent to a hospital for identification. Indonesian President Joko Widodo spoke on Sunday.

JOKO WIDODO: [NON-ENGLISH].

INTERPRETER: We will do our best to find and save the victims. And together, let's pray that they can be found.

- The country's top search and rescue officials said they're investigating two signal points discovered on Sunday, which he says could be from the plane's flight data recorder or black box. Search teams and local fishermen earlier in the weekend retrieved other debris off of the coast of Jakarta. The crash is the first major airline incident in Indonesia since 2018 when a faulty Boeing 737 MAX killed all passengers and crew on board. This Swarajya airplane was a nearly 27-year-old Boeing 737 500, a model much older than Boeing's previously problem ridden 737 MAX.