Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Divers see Lion Air jet fuselage, new 'ping' heard

Divers see Lion Air jet fuselage, new 'ping' heard

The Boeing 737 jet enroute to the city of Pangkal Pinang with 189 people aboard was reported missing Monday morning, and was believed to have crashed 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta worldwide airport.

Two days after the flight data recorder was recovered, investigators at Indonesia's national transportation safety committee have yet to download the key data due to salt residue on the memory card.

The flight data recorder was recovered on Thursday and Syuagi said a "low ping signal" was detected by a sonar locator that could be the black box voice recorder.

Some have reported a frightening, erratic trip, an assertion that appears to be backed up by flight tracking data. Among other missions, Anto was also one of the main divers involved in the search for an AirAsia jet that crashed off Borneo in late 2014, he said.

Isswarto, commander of the Indonesian navy's search and rescue division, told AFP that Anto was a volunteer with the Search and Rescue Agency.

Divers were searching through debris on the muddy sea bed for a second black box from the jet.

The decision was based on an evaluation and observations of the crash site, he told reporters, noting that many victims' remains had not been recovered.

The black box could offer investigators their best chance of discovering why the jet crashed.

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The committee has been receiving help from their American counterparts at the US National Transportation Safety Board, but will be getting additional assistance from Australia, Utomo added.

Preliminary findings of the investigation 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 pilot of the Boeing 737 had turned back to Jakarta after requesting permission to do so from air traffic control.

Divers collect debris in a bag in the search area for Lion Air's flight JT610 airplane, in Indonesia, on November 4, 2018. The US lifted a decade-long ban in 2016. All 189 people, including 181 passengers, two pilots and six crew members, on board the ill-fated aircraft are feared to have died.

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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