Black box from crashed Lion Air flight found

Cheryl Sanders
November 3, 2018

Indonesia's Transport Ministry has ordered a review of all low-priced airlines in the country and suspended staff linked to the Lion Air flight that crashed on Monday killing the 189 people aboard.

Human remains are being recovered in the aftermath of the crash of an Indonesian airliner into the Java Sea with 189 passengers and crew aboard and searchers now believe they may have found a large piece of the plane's fuselage.

Lion Air has removed its technical director Muhammad Asif following an order from Indonesia's transport ministry in the wake of a deadly plane crash, the airline said on Wednesday (Oct 31).

"This is most likely the flight data recorder", said Bambang Irawan, an investigator at Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee.

Indonesia showed images of divers retrieving an orange device, which is thought to house the flight data and cockpit voice recorder, collectively known as the "black box".

Loke, who was met after the National Shipping and Port Council engagement session at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here today, said that Lion Air flight operations in Malaysia complied with all applicable standards and regulations.

"I was desperate because the current below was strong but I am confident of the tools given to me", said navy 1st Sgt. Hendra, who uses a single name, in a television interview.

Relatives of passengers of Lion Air flight JT610 that crashed into the sea, cry at Depati Amir airport in Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, October 29, 2018.

As the search has narrowed, divers and Indonesian search and rescue have slowly began to accumulate the evidence of Indonesia's latest air tragedy and the lives it has taken.

Rescue workers had found aircraft debris, passengers' belongings and remains in an area of sea northeast of Jakarta.

Thirteen minutes into the flight it suddenly sped up and lost altitude, falling into the Java Sea, north-east of Jakarta.

A report to the Jakarta Search and Rescue Office cited the crew of a tug boat which had reported seeing a Lion Air flight falling from the sky.

There is as yet no indication of what caused the crash, though there are reports the aircraft had experienced technical problems on earlier flights.

He has said he's certain it won't take long to locate the hull of the aircraft and its flight recorders due to the relatively shallow 30 metre depth of the waters where it crashed.

Speaking to CNN by phone Tuesday, transportation ministry official Captain Avirianto said Lion Air now has 11 of the models in its fleet while national carrier Garuda Indonesia has one. The FAA lifted the ban in 2016 after the country's airlines showed signs of improvement. A ban on Indonesia aircraft was imposed by the European Union and the United States in 2007 as a result of "unaddressed safety concerns". It's been expanding aggressively in Southeast Asia, a fast-growing region of more than 600 million people.

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