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Indonesian Air Crash Investigator Says Crashed Jet Possibly Ruptured When Hitting Waters

Rescuers inspect wreckage found in the waters around the location where a Sriwijaya Air passenger jet lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly after takeoff, at the search and rescue command center at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Rescuers inspect wreckage found in the waters around the location where a Sriwijaya Air passenger jet lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly after takeoff, at the search and rescue command center at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

It possibly ruptured when it hit waters because if it had exploded midair, the debris would be distributed more widely, an expert said.

An investigator with Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said the Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea with 62 people on board over the weekend possibly broke apart when it hit waters based on debris found so far.

“We don’t know for sure, but if we look at the debris, they’re scattered in an area that is not too wide,” Nurcahyo Utomo told Reuters on Monday.

“It possibly ruptured when it hit waters because if it had exploded midair, the debris would be distributed more widely,” he added.


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