Black box recovered from doomed Indonesia plane

One of two black boxes has been recovered from the Indonesian passenger plane that crashed with 62 people .

Rescuers carry a body bag of items recovered from the Sriwijaya Air passenger jet crash at Tanjung Priok Port, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

The black box will prove important as investigators try to piece together the circumstances which led to the Sriwijaja Air plane crashing into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff over the weekend.

Authorities say the underwater acoustic beacons attached to the black boxes, and which send out a series of pings to help searchers find them, had both been detached. However, they remain hopeful the second will be found.

The plane’s flight data recorder – which processes the aircraft’s flight information, including pressure, airspeed and altitude – was also found.

Human remains, filling dozens of body bags, have been recovered, along with parts of the plane and other debris from the crash site, just off the coast of the nation’s capital, Jakarta.

Just four minutes into the flight, the plane dropped 10,000 feet in less than a before disappearing from radar, according Flightradar24, a global flight tracking service.