Theactivated its Crisis Management Centre and has supplied a helicopter and a plane for . Two Singaporean ships are on standby awaiting Indonesian clearance. Three Indonesian naval ships and two patrol boats are also involved.
, the Indonesian search and rescue authority, says a 200 square- (about 700 square ) area is being searched. Items recovered thus far include seats, luggage, and documents. Basarnas head Bambang Soelistyo said survivors were possible.
Sea divers have been deployed to the assumed crash site, too.
On 4 December, authorities recovered body parts and debris in waters where the plane carrying police went missing, raising fears over the fate of the flight’s passengers and crew.
Airplane seats and suitcases along with body parts were recovered by fishermen off Riau Islands Saturday afternoon.
Last week, an Indonesian army helicopter had crashed on Borneo island leaving 3 crew dead, while in November a cargo plane had crashed in Papua region killing 4.
Forensic experts are working to identify the body parts recovered from the area where villagers had earlier retrieved items believed to belong to the passengers of the plane. “The identification process is still ongoing,” said Djarot Wibowo, chief of the police forensic team in Riau Islands Province, which covers Batam.
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