Search ‘finds fuselage’ of crashed Jakarta jet in sea

Search ‘finds fuselage’ of crashed Jakarta jet in sea

Debris, believed to be from Lion Air flight JT610 plane, which crashed, is seen during an operation by Navy divers near the search area off Tanjung Pakis, Indonesia, Oct. 31, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

A technical logbook detailed an "unreliable" airspeed reading instrument on the Bali-Jakarta flight on Sunday and different altitude readings on the captain and first officer's instruments, according to the BBC.

But progress has been hampered by the black box not being fully intact and it needs special handling to ensure its data survive, a process that is continuing, according to the National Transport Safety Committee.

"What is important for us is to get more information about the victims because having their remains back is important for us so we can bury them properly", said Ade Inyo, whose brother-in-law was on the flight.

Both are required on commercial aircraft, and are usually kept in the tail section of a plane like the Boeing 737 Max-8 used in Monday's ill-fated flight.

A team of rescuers heard pings from an underwater locator beacon with a distinct sound and interval between them, making it very likely that the wreckage and the location of the flight recorder have been identified, authorities said.

Boeing experts are expected to arrive Indonesia on Wednesday and Lion Air has said an "intense" internal investigation is underway in addition to the probe by safety regulators. Flight data showed that it made a sudden, sharp dive into the sea.

The smashed fuselage of a crashed Indonesian jetliner may have been found, the country's military chief said Wednesday, two days after the deadly accident feared to have killed 189 people. The pilot and co-pilot had 11,000 hours of flying time between them, it said.




However, the spokesman did not specify whether it was a flight data recorder or a cockpit voice recorder of the nearly new Boeing 737 Max 8 jet plane that crashed into the waters of Tanjung Karawang shortly after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta airport.

Meanwhile Lion Air has sacked its technical director.

A year ago the Indonesian air traffic controllers association revealed that the rate of take-off and landings in Jakarta allowed by state-run air navigation company AirNav was more than the airport could handle, increasing the chance of accidents.

Mr Sirait declined to detail the maintenance procedures taken, and on Tuesday, he told Reuters the airline had provided the relevant aircraft flight and maintenance logs to Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee.

It came as footage of doomed passengers boarding Flight 610 emerged.

The tragedy has raised questions about the safety record of a country whose airlines were for years judged too unsafe to fly over Europe. Earlier this year it confirmed a deal to buy 50 new Boeing narrow-body aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration lifted the ban in August 2016.

Sony Setiawan, an official in Indonesia's finance ministry, said he flew on Lion Air's 610 flight on a weekly basis for work and had bought a ticket for the fatal flight. Local airline traffic more than tripled between 2005 and 2017 to 97 million people, according to the CAPA Center for Aviation, and is dominated by flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air Group.

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