Lawsuit filed after off-duty officer, ‘mob’ allegedly tried to force way into Black teen’s home


Two people have been criminally charged for the incident.

A former North Carolina police officer who was fired and criminally charged last year after he allegedly gathered a group of armed people and tried to enter the home of a Black teen who he thought was a suspect in the case of a missing person, has been sued by the victim’s family Tuesday.

Attorneys for Monica Shepard and her 18-year-old son Dameon filed the civil suit in North Carolina Tuesday contending that their clients were racially profiled and terrorized by former deputy Jordan Kita, and 14 other white defendants, some of whom were armed, who said they were looking for a missing woman.

Kita was off-duty but in uniform and had his sidearm when he came to the Shepard’s Pender County home on May 3, 2020, along with the group, according to the suit.

Kita told Dameon he was looking for a Black suspect with a different name than Dameon’s and tried to force himself into the home even though the teen repeatedly identified himself and said the suspect didn’t live in the address, the suit said. Monica Shepard eventually forced Kita out of the doorway and the crowd dispersed, according to the suit.

The missing girl was eventually found safe, according to the New Hanover and Pender County District Attorney’s office.

“When a dozen or more white men and women with guns invade a Black family’s property, terrorize the people that live there, and refuse to listen or leave, the situation can easily spiral into tragic and deadly racial violence and death,” Mark Dorosin, an attorney representing the Shepards, said in a statement to ABC News.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s office fired Kita and prosecutors charged him with “forcible trespass, misdemeanor breaking and entering, and willful failure to discharge duties” for his role in the incident.

At least 13 other white men and women were part of the group, including Kita’s father Timothy, but none of those persons have been charged, according to the suit. Timothy Kita and a dozen “John and Jane Does” who were allegedly involved in the incident are also named as defendants in the lawsuit

The defendants are being sued for trespass; assault; intentional infliction of emotional distress; negligent infliction of emotional distress; invasion of privacy; and violations of North Carolina’s civil rights and fair housing statutes, according to the court documents.

The Shepards are seeking relief in excess of $25,000 and punitive damages that will be determined by a jury, the court document said.

An attorney who represents the Kitas did not immediately return messages for comment.

Another person charged following the incident was Robert Austin Wood, who was allegedly standing behind Kita and holding an assault rifle when the off-duty officer confronted Dameon at the door, according to the suit.

Wood, who is also a defendant in the suit, was charged with “going armed to the terror of the people,” by the DA’s office. Wood pleaded not guilty on Dec. 4, according to his attorney.

Woody White, an attorney representing Wood, said in a statement to ABC News that seeking damages from his client “over this huge misunderstanding is racial extortion.”

“Nothing bad befell the Shepard family; no racial slurs were used, no voices were raised, no threats were conveyed. It was a brief and seemingly uneventful misunderstanding that lasted less than 2 minutes last May,” White said in the statement.

The criminal cases against Kita and Wood are ongoing.

The suit also contends that the Pender County Sheriff’s Office did not do enough to investigate the mob or the incident.

A captain from the sheriff’s office allegedly did not attempt to question the members of the mob while they were outside the Shepard home and told the family the next day, “it was complicated to apprehend or arrest anyone who had been there the previous night,” the suit said.

A representative from the Pender County Sheriff’s office declined to comment about the suit.

“Experiencing this kind of terror at your home – the one place you should feel safe – is simply unconscionable,” Jennifer Nwachukwu, an attorney representing the Shepards, said in a statement. “We filed this lawsuit today to make it clear that Black people should not be subject to living in fear at the hands of an armed white mob without accountability.”

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Man’s body found in burning Black Rock home


Arson detectives are investigating the cause of a house fire after a man’s body was found during a blaze in a Melbourne bayside suburb on Monday night.

Police and firefighters attended a home in Ardoyne Street in Black Rock, 20 kilometres south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, shortly after 9.30pm following reports of flames inside the property.

A deceased man was found inside the home by emergency services before the fire was fully extinguished. He is yet to be formally identified.

A Fire Rescue Victoria spokesman said it took eight firefighters less than half an hour to get the flames under control. The fire was contained to just one room, he said.

An arson chemist will attend the Black Rock property on Tuesday morning to determine the circumstances of the fire. The cause of the blaze is still unknown and police are have set up a crime scene while evidence is processed.

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

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Isotope to leade Black Soil Bloodstock’s Magic Millions charge


Former NRL player turned businessman Brian Siemsen has built a growing bloodstock empire which could net its biggest payday at the Magic Millions.

Brian Siemsen readily admits he had a “lucky” start to his dabbling in horse ownership, but it was some frank advice from his close mate Tony Gollan that sowed the seeds for what has become the emerging juggernaut of Black Soil Bloodstock.

Isotope is out to give the now-prominent black and white Black Soil colours their biggest success when she runs in Saturday’s $2 million Magic Millions Guineas.

Stakes winning mare Niedorp also runs for the team in the $1 million Fillies & Mares race.

Siemsen is a successful businessmen, having founded the company Claim Central Consolidated at the same time he was trying to carve out a career in the NRL with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

“One of the coaches in my last contract, I explained I had this business that was going well, there’s a two-year (NRL) contract, what should I do?” he said.

“He sort of indicated to me that maybe business is your go. You’re not that good at footy! But he gave me great advice and I finished rugby league in 2007.”

In 2012, Siemsen was selected as Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year and he has overseen the global expansion of Claim Central into the US, South Africa, Italy and New Zealand.

“That’s still the main business, this (Black Soil Bloodstock) is a labour of love,” he said.

“You spend 18 hours a day for 20 years ­toiling and grinding in your core business and you need an outlet like this.”

Two of the first four horses Siemsen owned were Temple Of Boom and Spirit Of Boom – both Group 1 winners – but if he thought he had the Midas touch, his old footy buddy soon set him straight.

“Tony told me I’d had some luck, but that’s all it was,” Siemsen said.

“He said if I was going to do this commercially, I had a lot to learn. He said following him around for a week once a year wasn’t going to help me.

“That’s when he pushed me in the direction of Harry (McAlpine) and John (Foote).

“So I got together with H (McAlpine), I had a concept, he had a better concept.

“We want to change the narrative in the market that suggests racing is really expensive, you never win, all that sort of stuff.

“Having the right team that can mitigate all of those factors – (rather than) ‘let’s guess, not worry about X-rays’ and all the other stuff – has been a huge journey for me, because I was on that other side. Until you work with guys like Harry and John, you don’t realise how much there is to it.”

McAlpine is from the famous Darling Downs family that has for decades produced top-class horses from its Eureka Stud.

He had been with Inglis as an auctioneer and bloodstock consultant for five years before deciding to return home when Spirit Of Boom emerged as a stallion of national significance for Eureka.

“We boosted (Spirit Of Boom’s) fee from $10,000 to $50,000, the demand was so strong for him on what he’d done, so I came home and managed that and the exciting part is we got to pick the mares that would suit him best and this (year’s yearlings) is the result,” McAlpine said.

“Hopefully with the calibre of horse he has now – and they will race at the end of the year – we can take him to another level.”

Simultaneously, McAlpine helped mould Siemsen’s ambitious plans into a successful racing enterprise.

“The future view for us is to keep the focus on buying these elite fillies that can race at stakes level,” McAlpine said.

“We want to buy nice fillies with nice pages that if something goes wrong we can put them back through the ring (with residual value).

“We want to prove we can make a return on the strategy we are using.”

While Siemsen has been growing his bloodstock portfolio the past few years, it wasn’t until April 4 last year (the day Gollan’s father Darryl passed away) that the Black Soil colours were launched.

Since then, Black Soil horses have had 51 starts for 21 wins, headed by the black-type winners Isotope, Niedorp and The Actuary.

Siemsen also has several breeding mares he shares in, one of which, Mexican Rose, has an American Pharoah colt due to be sold by Eureka on Thursday.

Black Soil has gradually grown to incorporate investors who want to race horses, but in a way that minimises the risk. The number topped 20 last year, with a minimum $25,000 buy in, but Siemsen and McAlpine want to grow it further. “If we had anywhere between 75-100 folks on a rotation, we would come to sales every year looking for those six or seven horses and an opportunity to compete in the bigger races,” Siemsen said.

Siemsen and McAlpine have known Gollan long before he became the state’s top trainer, through Eureka Stud and Siemsen living with the Gollan family for a time.

“I watched that kid from the time he couldn’t afford to get two horses to raising money, building relationships, training them, winning, going back and raising money, coming to the sales … I have watched that journey,” Siemsen said.

“Whatever you think you see now, he’s been in the trenches and he’s grinded it out.

“I’m super proud of him. I think he has done an exceptional job and he’s still that loveable rogue.”

So what would it mean to win a Magic Millions on Saturday with Gollan, McAlpine and the Black Soil family?

“One of the biggest criticisms Tony had of me when the Booms were racing is that I didn’t appreciate how hard it was to win a good race,” Siemsen admits.

“We were just spoilt. Now I understand. The adrenaline is unbelievable. There’s nothing like it.

“I set a plan three years ago and I said I want to be represented on Magic Millions day in three years.

“So through the good buying, the hard work and Tony doing his job, he’s put us there with two live chances.”

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Black box recovered from missing Indonesia flight SJ182


Indonesian navy divers searching the ocean floor on Tuesday recovered the flight data recorder from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea with 62 people on board.

The device is expected to help investigators determine what caused the Boeing 737-500 plane to nosedive into the ocean in heavy rain shortly after taking off from Jakarta on Saturday.

TV stations showed divers on an inflatable vessel with a large white container carrying the device heading to a Jakarta port.
Members of National Transportation Safety Committee carry a box containing the flight data recorder of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 retrieved from the Java Sea where the passenger jet crashed during a press conference at Tanjung Priok Port, Tuesday, January 12, 2021. (AP)

Military chief Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said the plane’s other “black box”, the cockpit voice recorder, was likely to be found soon because its beacon was being emitted in the same area.

The devices were buried in seabed mud under tons of sharp objects in the plane’s wreckage, navy Chief Admiral Yudo Margono said.

He said at least 160 divers were deployed on Tuesday in the search.

More than 3600 rescue personnel, 13 helicopters, 54 large ships and 20 small boats are searching the area just north of Jakarta where Flight 182 crashed and have found parts of the plane and human remains in the water at a depth of 23 meters.

Indonesian Navy divers position their rubber boat near marker buoys cas the search for the wreckage of the crashed Sriwijaya Air passenger jet continues in the Java Sea, near Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP)
An Indonesian Navy aircraft flies past by as the search for the wreckage of the crashed Sriwijaya Air passenger jet continues in this aerial photo taken over the Java Sea. (AP)
So far, the searchers have sent 74 body bags containing human remains to police identification experts who on Monday said they had identified their first victim, 29-year-old flight attendant Okky Bisma.

His wife, Aldha Refa, who is also a flight attendant for Sriwijaya Air, shared her grief in a series of posts on social media.

“My husband is a loving, devout and super kind man,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Heaven is your place, dear … be peaceful there.”

Anguished family members have been providing samples for DNA tests, and the National Police disaster victim identification unit said it has identified three more victims, including the co-pilot.

Habib Sy Rafik al Idrus shows a picture of his wife Panca Widia Nursanti, one of passengers of a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea. (AP)

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said the US National Transportation Safety Board will join in investigating the crash.

The NTSC chairman, Soerjanto Tjahjono, ruled out a possible midair breakup after seeing the condition of the wreckage found by searchers.

He said the jet was intact until it struck the water, concentrating the debris field, rather than spreading it out over a large area as would be seen with a midair event.

Mr Tjahjono said the plane had continued to send altitude data until it descended to75 metres above the water’s surface.
An investigator of National Transportation Safety Committee inspects parts of aircrafts debris recovered from the Java Sea where a Sriwijaya Air passenger jet crashed. (AP)

The disaster has reignited concerns about safety in Indonesia’s aviation industry, which grew fast after the economy was opened following the fall of dictator Suharto in the late 1990s.

The US had banned Indonesian carriers from operating in the country in 2007, lifting the action in 2016, citing improvements in compliance with international aviation standards.

The European Union lifted a similar ban in 2018.

In the past year, Indonesian aviation was affected significantly by the coronavirus pandemic that caused travel restrictions and a slump in demand among travellers.

Sriwijaya Air has had only minor safety incidents in the past, though a farmer was killed in 2008 when a plane went off the runway while landing due to a hydraulic issue.

In 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet operated by Lion Air crashed, killing 189 people.

An automated flight-control system played a role in that crash, but the Sriwijaya Air jet did not have that system on board.

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Divers recover ‘black box’ from crash site in Java Sea


The recovery is expected to help investigators determine what caused the Boeing 737-500 plane to nosedive into the ocean in heavy rain shortly after takeoff from Jakarta on Saturday.

TV stations showed divers on an inflatable vessel with a large white container containing the device heading to a Jakarta port. It will be handed over to the National Transportation Safety Committee, which is overseeing the crash investigation.

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A navy ship earlier picked up intense pings being emitted from the two recorders. They were buried in seabed mud under tons of sharp objects in the wreckage, the Indonesian navy’s Chief Admiral Yudo Margono said.

He said at least 160 divers were deployed on Tuesday in the search for the devices.

More than 3600 rescue personnel, 13 helicopters, 54 large ships and 20 small boats were searching the area just north of Jakarta where Flight 182 crashed. Parts of the plane and human remains have already been found in the water at a depth of 23 metres.

So far, the searchers have sent 74 body bags containing human remains to police identification experts who on Monday said they had identified their first victim, 29-year-old flight attendant Okky Bisma.

His wife, Aldha Refa, who is also a flight attendant for Sriwijaya Air, shared her grief in a series of posts on social media.

“My husband is a loving, devout and super kind man,” she wrote on Instagram. “Heaven is your place, dear … be peaceful there.”

Anguished family members have been providing samples for DNA tests and police said results were expected within four to eight days.

National Police spokesman Rusdi Hartono said about 53 samples for DNA testing had been collected but more were needed, especially from parents and children of victims.

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said the US National Transportation Safety Board would help to investigate the crash.

The NTSC chairman, Soerjanto Tjahjono, ruled out a possible midair breakup after seeing the condition of the wreckage found by searchers. He said the jet was intact until it struck the water, concentrating the debris field, rather than spreading it out over a large area as would be seen with a midair event.

He said the NTSC’s initial findings showed the plane’s engine was running when it hit the water, based on jet parts retrieved from the sea.

“The damage on the fan blade showed that the engine was still working on impact. This is consistent with the hypothesis that the plane’s system was still working at 250 feet altitude,” Soerjanto said.

Indonesian authorities have been sorting through debris found in the Java Sea.Credit:Getty

Indonesia’s transport ministry said earlier on Tuesday the jet, which was grounded during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, had passed an airworthiness inspection on December 14 and had returned to service shortly after.

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The disaster has reignited concerns about safety in Indonesia’s aviation industry, which grew fast after the economy was opened following the fall of dictator Suharto in the late 1990s. The United States had banned Indonesian carriers from operating in the country in 2007, lifting the action in 2016, citing improvements in compliance with international aviation standards. The European Union lifted a similar ban in 2018.

In the past year, Indonesian aviation was affected significantly by the coronavirus pandemic that caused travel restrictions and a slump in demand among travellers.

Sriwijaya Air has had only minor safety incidents in the past, though a farmer was killed in 2008 when a plane went off the runway while landing due to a hydraulic issue.

In 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet operated by Lion Air crashed, killing 189 people. An automated flight-control system played a role in that crash, but the Sriwijaya Air jet did not have that system on board.

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Divers recover black box from crashed Indonesia plane as recovery operations continue


Indonesian Navy divers have recovered a black box from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea over the weekend with 62 people on board.

It was not immediately clear whether the device was the plane’s flight data or cockpit voice recorder.

The recovery was expected to help investigators determine what caused the Boeing 737-500 plane to nosedive into the ocean in heavy rain shortly after taking off from Jakarta on Saturday.

TV stations showed divers on an inflatable vessel with a large white container housing the device heading to a Jakarta port.

It will be handed over to the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), which is overseeing the crash investigation.

A navy ship earlier picked up intense pings being emitted from the two recorders.

They were buried in seabed mud under tons of sharp objects in the wreckage, navy Chief Admiral Yudo Margono said.

He said at least 160 divers were deployed on Tuesday in the search for the devices.

Recovery operation continues, police ask families for DNA

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Officials organise debris from the crashed plane.

More than 3,600 rescue personnel, 13 helicopters, 54 large ships and 20 small boats are searching the area just north of Jakarta where Flight 182 crashed.

They have found parts of the plane and human remains in the water at a depth of 23 metres.

So far, the searchers have sent 74 body bags containing human remains to police identification experts who on Monday said they had identified their first victim, 29-year-old flight attendant Okky Bisma.

His wife, Aldha Refa, who is also a flight attendant for Sriwijaya Air, shared her grief in a series of posts on social media.

“My husband is a loving, devout and super kind man,” she wrote on Instagram.

“Heaven is your place, dear … be peaceful there.”

Anguished family members have been providing samples for DNA tests and police say results are expected in 4-8 days.

National Police spokesman Rusdi Hartono said about 53 samples for DNA testing have been collected but more are still needed, especially from parents and children of victims.

Mid-air breakup ruled out by investigators

Three officials inspect aircraft debris that has been spread across a white tarp.
Sriwijaya Air has had only minor safety incidents in the past.(AP: Dita Alangkara)

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said the US National Transportation Safety Board will join in investigating the crash.

The NTSC chairman, Soerjanto Tjahjono, ruled out a possible mid-air breakup after seeing the condition of the wreckage found by searchers.

He said the jet was intact until it struck the water, concentrating the debris field, rather than spreading it out over a large area as would be seen with a mid-air event.

The disaster has reignited concerns about safety in Indonesia’s aviation industry, which grew fast after the economy was opened following the fall of dictator Suharto in the late 1990s.

The US had banned Indonesian carriers from operating in the country in 2007 but lifted the action in 2016 citing improvements in compliance with international aviation standards.

The European Union lifted a similar ban in 2018.

Sriwijaya Air has had only minor safety incidents in the past, though a farmer was killed in 2008 when a plane went off the runway while landing due to a hydraulic issue.

In October 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet operated by Lion Air plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

An automated flight-control system played a role in that crash, but the Sriwijaya Air jet was an older model and did not have that system on board.

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NIMH » Addressing the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide


Each September, people in the U.S. and around the world observe Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a time to help raise awareness and share information about this important public health concern. As director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), I have made suicide prevention one of my top priorities, and although I have written about suicide in the past, I wanted to revisit this topic to bring attention to this critical area of concern.

One often overlooked aspect of the rising rates of suicide in the U.S. is its impact on youth — and in particular, its impact on Black youth. Black people face increased rates of risk factors, including experiences of racism, higher rates of unemployment and financial and food insecurity, disparities in other aspects of health, and limited access to care, all of which result in an increased burden of mental illness in black communities. Despite this heavy burden, Black people and individuals in other racial and ethnic minority groups have historically had relatively low rates of suicide. But this has been changing recently, especially for Black youth. As of 2018, suicide became the second leading cause of death in Black children aged 10-14, and the third leading cause of death in Black adolescents aged 15-19. By combining data from 2001 to 2015, researchers were able to examine suicides among children ages 12 and younger and found that Black children were more likely to die by suicide than their White peers.

This crisis of Black youth suicide is beginning to receive the attention it deserves. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) and the Congressional Black Caucus deserve credit for raising awareness of the issue and for establishing the Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. Their report, Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America, was released in December 2019. This report describes key research findings related to suicide among Black youth. Most importantly, it provides research, policy, and practice recommendations to address this issue, such as improving research funding of minority scientists and increasing funding of research focused on Black youth suicide and Black youth mental health.

More research is needed on how suicide risk develops among Black youth, and how it can be best prevented. Significant questions remain in terms of understanding and predicting suicide risk among Black youth — while some risk factors have been well-researched and are clear (e.g., gender, victim of bullying and bullying others, LGBTQ+ discrimination, exposure to trauma, racial discrimination), there are other risk factors that are less clear. For example, some research suggests that Black adolescents who have contemplated or attempted suicide are less likely to have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Another significant risk factor is access to firearms — research points to higher rates of Black youth mortality due to firearms compared to other racial/ethnic groups — which is why we’re supporting infrastructure to improve research on firearm safety for youth.

One factor that may be contributing to increases in the risk of suicide in Black youth may be disparities in access to mental health services. Black youth continue to be less likely to receive mental health treatment for depression when needed, compared to White youth. Rates of engagement in and completion of treatments for depression are lower for Black adolescents (compared to White adolescents), often due to negative perceptions of services and providers and reluctance to acknowledge symptoms. Black youth are also significantly less likely than White youth to receive outpatient treatment even after a suicide attempt.

The good news is that NIMH-funded research has begun to point the way towards better risk identification and effective interventions that can help reverse these trends. Implementing universal screening for suicide risk using the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions toolkit, developed by investigators in the NIMH Intramural Research Program, can identify youth at risk, including Black youth. And, targeted efforts such as school-based mental health clinics can improve engagement in mental health care among Black youth with depression.

Nonetheless, we need considerably more research focused on solutions for Black children and adolescents if we are to truly make a difference for those in need. Accordingly, NIMH continues to expand opportunities for scientists interested in studying these issues, as articulated in our recent Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) in Research on Risk and Prevention of Black Youth Suicide. Other initiatives, including a call to establish Practice-Based Suicide Prevention Research Centers, though broader, are also designed to support work in minority communities and address disparities that affect Black youth. And we continue to look for additional opportunities to support science aimed at addressing this crisis. Black youths’ lives matter, and NIMH research must be aimed at saving lives and alleviating suffering in Black communities in need.

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Bridge, J. A., Horowitz, L. M., Fontanella, C. A., Sheftall, A. H., Greenhouse, J., Kelleher, K. J., & Campo, J. V. (2018). Age-related racial disparity in suicide rates among US youths from 2001 through 2015. JAMA Pediatrics, 172(7), 697–699. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.0399

Cummings, J. R., Ji, X., Lally, C., & Druss, B. G. (2019). Racial and ethnic differences in minimally adequate depression care among Medicaid-enrolled youth. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 58(1), 128–138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2018.04.025

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Indonesia locates black boxes of crashed plane as divers recover body parts


Indonesian authorities have located the black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea soon after taking off from the capital Jakarta, as human body parts and suspected pieces of the plane were retrieved.

The Boeing 737-500 with 62 passengers and crew was headed to Pontianak in West Kalimantan on Saturday before it disappeared from radar screens four minutes after takeoff.

It is the first major plane crash in Indonesia since 189 passengers and crew were killed in 2018 when a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max in 2018 also plunged into the Java Sea soon after takeoff from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Even before the latest crash, more people had died in air cashes in Indonesia than in any other country over the past decade, according to Aviation Safety Network’s database.

Indonesia National Transport Safety Committee chief Soerjanto Tjahjono said the locations of Flight SJ 182’s two black boxes had been identified.

“Hopefully, we can retrieve them soon,” said military chief Hadi Tjahjanto, without giving an estimated timeframe.

Pieces of wreckage were brought to Jakarta port by rescuers. Authorities said they came from a depth of 23 metres near a group of islands off the Jakarta coast.

One twisted piece of metal was painted in Sriwijaya Air’s blue and red colours. Indonesian authorities said they had also retrieved body parts and clothing.

Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 crashed into the Java Sea minutes after takeoff.

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Police asked families to provide information such as dental records and DNA samples to help identify bodies.

The plane had 12 crew and 50 passengers on board, all Indonesians and including seven children and three babies.

President Joko Widodo, speaking at the palace in Bogor, expressed “deep condolences” over the disaster and urged the public to pray the missing people could be found.

‘We feel powerless’

Tracking service Flightradar24 said the aircraft took off at 2.36pm local time and climbed to reach 10,900 feet within four minutes. It then began a steep descent and stopped transmitting data 21 seconds later.

There were no immediate clues on what caused the jet’s sudden descent. Most air accidents are caused by a cocktail of factors that can take months to establish, safety experts say.

A transport ministry spokeswoman said air traffic control had asked the pilot why the plane was heading northwest instead of on its expected flight path seconds before it disappeared.

The pilots had decades of experience between them with the flight captain reported to be a former air force pilot and his co-pilot at Sriwijaya Air since 2013, according to his Linkedin profile.

The Sriwijaya Air plane was a nearly 27-year-old Boeing 737-500, much older than Boeing’s problem-plagued 737 MAX model. Older 737 models are widely flown and do not have the stall-prevention system implicated in the MAX safety crisis.

“We are in contact with our airline customer and stand ready to support them during this difficult time,” Boeing said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families.”

Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 was lost shortly after takeoff on 9 January.

Relatives of Sriwijaya Air plane passengers arrive at the crisis centr in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Distraught relatives waited in Pontianak about 740 km from Jakarta for news of their loved ones. At Jakarta’s main airport a crisis centre was set up for families.

“We feel powerless, we can only wait and hope to get any information soon,” Irfansyah Riyanto, who had five relatives on the flight, told reporters.

Founded in 2003, Jakarta-based Sriwijaya Air group flies largely within Indonesia’s sprawling archipelago. The budget airline has had a solid safety record, with no onboard casualties in four incidents recorded on the Aviation Safety Network database.

In 2007, the European Union banned all Indonesian airlines following a series of crashes and reports of deteriorating oversight and maintenance since deregulation in the late 1990s. The restrictions were fully lifted in 2018.

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Indonesian authorities have located the black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea soon after taking off from the capital Jakarta, as human body parts and suspected pieces of the plane were retrieved.

The Boeing 737-500 with 62 passengers and crew was headed to Pontianak in West Kalimantan on Saturday before it disappeared from radar screens four minutes after takeoff.

It is the first major plane crash in Indonesia since 189 passengers and crew were killed in 2018 when a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max in 2018 also plunged into the Java Sea soon after takeoff from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Even before the latest crash, more people had died in air cashes in Indonesia than in any other country over the past decade, according to Aviation Safety Network’s database.

Indonesia National Transport Safety Committee chief Soerjanto Tjahjono said the locations of Flight SJ 182’s two black boxes had been identified.

“Hopefully, we can retrieve them soon,” said military chief Hadi Tjahjanto, without giving an estimated timeframe.

Pieces of wreckage were brought to Jakarta port by rescuers. Authorities said they came from a depth of 23 metres near a group of islands off the Jakarta coast.

One twisted piece of metal was painted in Sriwijaya Air’s blue and red colours. Indonesian authorities said they had also retrieved body parts and clothing.

Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 crashed into the Java Sea minutes after takeoff.

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Police asked families to provide information such as dental records and DNA samples to help identify bodies.

The plane had 12 crew and 50 passengers on board, all Indonesians and including seven children and three babies.

President Joko Widodo, speaking at the palace in Bogor, expressed “deep condolences” over the disaster and urged the public to pray the missing people could be found.

‘We feel powerless’

Tracking service Flightradar24 said the aircraft took off at 2.36pm local time and climbed to reach 10,900 feet within four minutes. It then began a steep descent and stopped transmitting data 21 seconds later.

There were no immediate clues on what caused the jet’s sudden descent. Most air accidents are caused by a cocktail of factors that can take months to establish, safety experts say.

A transport ministry spokeswoman said air traffic control had asked the pilot why the plane was heading northwest instead of on its expected flight path seconds before it disappeared.

The pilots had decades of experience between them with the flight captain reported to be a former air force pilot and his co-pilot at Sriwijaya Air since 2013, according to his Linkedin profile.

The Sriwijaya Air plane was a nearly 27-year-old Boeing 737-500, much older than Boeing’s problem-plagued 737 MAX model. Older 737 models are widely flown and do not have the stall-prevention system implicated in the MAX safety crisis.

“We are in contact with our airline customer and stand ready to support them during this difficult time,” Boeing said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with the crew, passengers, and their families.”

Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 was lost shortly after takeoff on 9 January.

Relatives of Sriwijaya Air plane passengers arrive at the crisis centr in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia.

EPA

Distraught relatives waited in Pontianak about 740 km from Jakarta for news of their loved ones. At Jakarta’s main airport a crisis centre was set up for families.

“We feel powerless, we can only wait and hope to get any information soon,” Irfansyah Riyanto, who had five relatives on the flight, told reporters.

Founded in 2003, Jakarta-based Sriwijaya Air group flies largely within Indonesia’s sprawling archipelago. The budget airline has had a solid safety record, with no onboard casualties in four incidents recorded on the Aviation Safety Network database.

In 2007, the European Union banned all Indonesian airlines following a series of crashes and reports of deteriorating oversight and maintenance since deregulation in the late 1990s. The restrictions were fully lifted in 2018.

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