TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Search and Rescue (Basarnas) deputy of search operations Maj. Gen. Bambang Suryo Aji on Wednesday, Jan. 13, announced the postponement of the evacuation of the crashed Sriwijaya Air SJ182 plane due to bad weather.
"The search operation was hampered by the weather, especially for divers,” said Bambang at the evacuation post in JICT port of Tanjung Priok on January 13.
Bambang explained that poor weather conditions had hampered the search operation early in the morning, with strong winds creating high waves measured up to 2.5 meters. The search will be halted until further notice.
“The team will continue the search operations as the weather improves,” said Bambang.
Today's search entered the fourth day and the team has recovered one of the two black boxes of SJ182 in the form of a flight data recorder (FDR). Among those recovered includes 139 body bags, 26 bags containing aircraft debris, and 26 large-sized wreckages from the Sriwijaya Air.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA