Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Indonesian Official Says One 'Black Box' Recovered From Boeing Crash Site

Indonesian Official Says One 'Black Box' Recovered From Boeing Crash Site

Lion Air flight JT610 crashed not long after departure from Jakarta on Monday morning.

The plane's blackboxes, as the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder are known, should help explain why the almost-new jet went down minutes after take-off.

Claims that the Lion Air plane was flying erratically are corroborated by data collected by flight-tracking websites, the AP said.

Rescuers have retrieved 24 bags of body parts after a Lion Air plane with 189 people aboard crashed into sea off western Indonesia, the low-priced carrier said on Tuesday.

The two-month-old Boeing jet crashed Monday just minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

The flight data recorder contains technical information about the flight, detailed by the plane's onboard flight systems.

The flight, which crashed into the water about 30 metres to 40 metres deep, had requested to return to base shortly before losing contact, said AirNav Indonesia spokesperson Yohanes Harry Sirait.

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

It was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997, and renewed concerns about safety in its fast-growing aviation industry, which was recently removed from European Union and USA blacklists.

A remote-operated vehicle was sent to the black box location "but the currents on the seabed were very strong, the ROV was carried away", Syaugi said.

Indonesia is Southeast Asia's biggest aviation market, according to the Center for Aviation, a travel market research company, bolstered by a rising middle class and the necessity of air travel to navigate the large archipelago of islands. He is seen walking along a concourse, showing his Lion Air boarding pass on camera, and zooming in on a Lion Air aircraft while boarding, according to AP.

At one point, the passenger who shot the video, Paul Ferdinand Ayorbaba, zooms in on the flight number on his boarding pass.

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.

Personnel from Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Board examining debris from the downed Lion Air flight in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday.

The country has had issues of safety and poor management in the past and its airlines were banned from flying into European airspace until 2016.

With media speculating on the airworthiness of the aircraft, the transport ministry suspended for 120 days Lion Air's maintenance and engineering director, fleet maintenance manager and the release engineer who gave the jet permission to fly on Monday.

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