Tragic final moments of Boeing 737 flight before plane smashed into sea

The Indonesian flight which lasted just four minutes in the air, may have smashed to pieces underwater.

Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 left Soekarno-Hatta international airport in Jakarta, Indonesia at 2:36pm on Saturday before plunging nearly 10,000ft in 60 seconds into the Java Sea

Recovered debris suggests the Boeing B737-500 which killed all 62 passengers on board, smashed into pieces when it hit the sea, an investigator reports.

Tragic Ratih Windania's final message to the world was a family selfie with her three children laughing as they boarded the plane after a three-week holiday.

She said: "Bye-bye family. We're heading home for now."

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Ms Windania's brother Irfansyah Riyanto who had planned to take the same flight, shared a picture of the family on Instagram with the caption, "Pray for us,".

Irfansyah told reporters at Jakarta's Soekarno Hatta airport: "We feel powerless, we can only wait and hope to have any information soon.

"I was the one who drove them to the airport, helped with the check-ins and the luggage… I feel like I still can't believe this and it happened too fast."

Nurcahyo Utomo at Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) explained it is likely the plane broke apart on impact with the water, he said: "We don't know for sure, but if we look at the debris, they're scattered in an area that is not too wide.

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

Witnesses claiming they heard two explosions from the plane.

Soerjanto Tjahjanto, head of Indonesia's transport safety agency, said the flight's two black boxes have been located underwater and divers have been deployed to retrieve them, along with body parts and plane wreckage.

Families have been asked to assist the authorities in identifying bodies taken from the sea along with the use of dental records and DNA samples.

Brother of co-pilot Diego Mamahit, Chris Mamahit said police have asked him for a blood sample.

Chris said: "I believe my younger brother survived, these are just for the police procedure. Diego is a good man, we still believe Diego survived."

On his LinkedIn profile, Mahamit had written "I really love to fly".

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