Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Indonesia Plane Crash Mystery: Boeing 737 Max Flight Recorder Found

Indonesia Plane Crash Mystery: Boeing 737 Max Flight Recorder Found

Drones and sonar technology have been deployed in Indonesia to search for the Lion Air passenger plane which crashed into the sea on Monday.

Poor visibility and underwater currents had stalled the mission, despite pings from the black box giving crews strong leads to its location.

Safety experts caution, however, that the data must be checked for accuracy against the plane's "black boxes", which officials are confident will be recovered. All 189 people aboard are presumed dead.

It could take up to three weeks to download data from the black boxes and up to six months to analyze it, Soerjanto Tjahjono, the head of a national transport safety committee (KNKT), said on Wednesday.

He said other possibilities have been eliminated because the pings occur at intervals of just under 1 second.

Shortly after the plane's takeoff in Jakarta early Monday morning, its crew asked to return to the airport.

Highlighting the gruesome nature of the task, Brigadier-General Hudi Suryanto, in charge of the Automatic Finger Print Identification System (INAFIS), said investigators had identified the first victim on the third day of the search after finding her right hand, the Guardian reported.

The day before the crash, the same aircraft experienced a hard takeoff from Bali, with passengers "panicking and vomiting" when the plane lurched with rapid descents until it eventually stabilised.

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Privately owned Lion Air, founded in 1999, said the aircraft, which had been in operation since August, was airworthy, with its pilot and co-pilot together having amassed 11,000 hours of flying time.

Personnel from Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Board examining debris from the downed Lion Air flight in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday.

Sony Setiawan, an official in Indonesia's finance ministry, was meant to board the ill-fated flight JT610, a journey he and his colleagues caught on a weekly basis. A part of the video shows passengers walking up the mobile boarding stairs attached to a Lion jet.

"The Jakarta police commissioner warned this could be hard, and each body bag so far transferred could contain the remains of more than one person".

A "black box" from the Lion Air jet that plummeted into the Java Sea after taking off from Indonesia earlier this week has been recovered. It did not say how many technicians had been suspended. She said, "But thank God we landed safely in Jakarta".

The Boeing 737 Max 8 passenger plane was flying from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang at 06.10 local time (2330GMT Sunday) but lost contact with the air traffic controllers about 13 minutes after it took off.

The 2-month-old Boeing plane plunged into the Java Sea on Monday just minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

The spokesperson for Indonesia's search and rescue agency, Yusuf Latif, has not confirmed the discovery of the black box. "We're going to see it ourselves on location".

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