Wednesday 18 September 2019

Divers see crashed Lion Air jet fuselage as ‘ping’ heard in search for black box

The brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea early on Monday, killing all 189 people on board.

Investigators remove parts from Lion Air Flight 610 that crashed into the Java Sea, for further investigation at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta (Binsar Bakkara/AP)
Investigators remove parts from Lion Air Flight 610 that crashed into the Java Sea, for further investigation at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta (Binsar Bakkara/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Divers have reported seeing the fuselage and engines of a crashed Lion Air plane on the seabed, and a ping locator has detected a signal which may be from the cockpit voice recorder, Indonesia’s search and rescue chief has said.

The brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea early on Monday, just minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital. Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

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Search and rescue chief Muhammad Syaugi speaks to the media at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia (Binsar Bakkara/A))

Speaking on Saturday, the sixth day of the search, Muhammad Syaugi said “two engines and more landing gear have been found”.

“I haven’t seen it myself but I got information from some divers that they have seen the fuselage,” he said at a news conference at a Jakarta port where body bags, debris and passenger belongings are first taken.

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Rescuers remove parts of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea (Binsar Bakkara/AP)

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

Divers and a remotely operated vehicle have been searching the suspected location since Saturday morning.

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