Indonesian diver dies in Lion Air crash recovery effort

Cheryl Sanders
November 6, 2018

While it may take days or weeks before definitive information emerges on the Lion Air crash, the airline has said the plane had experienced problems with sensors used to calculate altitude and speed in its previous flight.

The Lion Air jet crashed just minutes after takeoff from Jakarta on Monday, killing all 189 people on board.

The horrific Lion Air tragedy, which killed all 189 people on board flight JT610 when it plunged into the Java Sea, has taken another life - just as rescue workers found what they have always been searching for.

Search teams have also determined the location of part of the plane's engine, authorities said.

"We have successfully retrieved information from the flight data recorder", said Nurcahyo Utomo, the head of an investigation being led by Indonesia's transport safety committee.


Finding the main body of the aircraft, including the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, would be a significant development for investigators, who are working to determine what caused the nearly new Boeing jet to crash in good weather about 13 minutes after it took off.

Divers collect debris in a bag in the search area for Lion Air's flight JT610 airplane, in Indonesia, on November 4, 2018.

Anto had previously served in Palu which suffered from an natural disaster and tsunami in September and also took part in the evacuation process of an Air Asia plane crash almost 4 years ago. It said the "crash-survivable memory unit" was opened and washed and some of its wiring will need to be replaced and a new shell provided from Lion Air to enable a download of data.

"They're scattered everywhere and some may have been washed away by the current". The devices help explain almost 90 per cent of all crashes, according to aviation experts. Preliminary investigation findings are expected to be made public after 30 days.

Passengers' remains are being sent to hospital for DNA testing, with four passengers identified as of Friday.


The accident has also resurrected concerns about Indonesia's poor air safety record which until recently saw its carriers facing years-long bans from entering European Union and U.S. airspace.

Rescuers have so far recovered bodies of 73 of the 189 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 737 MAX 8 from the seabed wreckage.

But concerns have been raised about pilot shortages in the industry and growth outstripping Indonesia's strained regulatory and technical resources.

Speaking at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta global airport, Soerjanto said such a speed was too fast for a plane in its category.


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