Plane parts hauled from ocean after Lion Air crash

Divers In Indonesia Find Crashed Airliner's 'Black Box'

Divers In Indonesia Find Crashed Airliner's 'Black Box'

Lion Air, Indonesia's biggest budget airline which has been engaged in huge expansion, announced earlier this year it was buying 50 Boeing 737 MAX 10 jets for $6.24 billion.

He noted it's especially important to find the black box quickly because the doomed plane was a newer model.

Earlier, Budi said Lion Air flight JT610, which served the Jakarta-Pangkal Pinang route, had been certified airworthy and had a valid airworthiness certificate and aircraft registration on the day of the accident.

Lion Air chief executive officer Edward Sirait told reporters on Monday that a technical problem had occurred on the Denpasar-Jakarta flight, but it had been resolved "according to procedure".

Authorities analysed black box data from the crashed plane.

The airline is to meet a team from Boeing this morning to discuss the fate of its 737 MAX 8 plane.

Divers searched for victims and high-tech equipment was deployed as reports emerged of problems on the jet's previous flight that had terrified passengers.

An expert team from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing and General Electric Co., the maker of aircraft engines, is assisting in the investigation, according to the Indonesian government.

The devices record information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane as well as flight crew conversations.

Satmiko said divers had found few intact bodies and were instead finding individual body parts.

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"We will send a team there to confirm", said armed forces chief Hadi Tjahjanto. But at no time did the Lion Air pilot seek permission to return to Bali.

Avi Riyanto, director of airworthiness at the transport ministry, said it is closely monitoring flights of other Boeing 737 MAX planes in Indonesia.

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.

On Wednesday, the ministry also ordered that an audit of Lion Air's maintenance, fix and overhaul unit be performed.

Based on the radio transcription between Soekarno-Hatta's air traffic controller (ATC) that Tempo obtained, the Lion Air pilot Bhavye Suneja asked his airspeed to the ATC after experiencing a technical issue less than two minutes after take-off at 06:21.53.

The last major accident in Indonesia was in December 2014 when an AirAsia Indonesia's Airbus A320 aircraft crashed into the waters after taking off from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.

Indonesian airlines were barred in 2007 from flying to Europe because of safety concerns, though several were allowed to resume services in the following decade.

Navy Col. Monang Sitompul told local TV an object believed to be part of the aircraft's fuselage was also seen on the seafloor. The Federal Aviation Administration lifted the ban in August 2016.

Indonesia is one of the world's fastest-growing aviation markets.

Founded in 1999, Lion Air is Indonesia's largest low-priced airline and has had half a dozen non-fatal accidents and one fatal accident, which occurred in 2004 in the city of Solo, leaving 25 people dead.

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