Divers found the black box from the Lion Air flight that crashed into the Java Sea


lion air black box

Indonesian
divers found the black box of the downed Lion Air JT610 flight on
Thursday morning.

Antara Foto/Muhammad
Adimaja via REUTERS


  • Indonesian Navy divers have located and retrieved the
    black box from the Lion Air plane that crashed into the Java
    Sea on Monday morning.
  • Divers found the device from the Boeing 737 Max 8
    aircraft Thursday morning, on day four of a search hampered by
    poor conditions. 
  • The black box is a type of flight data recorder, which
    officials believe will help explain why the near-new aircraft
    went down.
  • The first victim has also been formally identified as a
    24-year-old female employee at Jakarta’s energy
    ministry.
  • All 189 people on board that plane are believed to be
    dead.

Indonesian Navy divers have retrieved the black box from the
Lion
Air plane
that crashed into the Java Sea earlier this week.

Divers lifted the recording device from the Boeing 737 Max 8
aircraft on Thursday morning, Reuters reported, the fourth day of
the investigation into why the jet downed and who the victims
were.

The
almost-new Boeing 737 Max 8
crashed into waters around
Indonesia just 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta on Monday
morning. All 189 people on board are believed to be dead.

Airplane black boxes are a type of flight data recorder, which
officials believe will help explain why the Lion Air plane went
down. It is now in the possession of search and rescue officials
in Indonesia, Reuters reported.

The flight’s pilot was
granted a request to turn back
about two minutes after
takeoff, but communications from the plane went silent
before it fell into the sea minutes later.


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Lion Air JT610 recovery

Police
identify recovered belongings believed to be from the crashed
flight.

REUTERS/Edgar
Su


The search goes on

Crews have been scouring the Java Sea for the plane’s fuselage
and recorders, as so many questions remain unresolved.

But the desperate search for the recording devices has been
roundly hampered by strong sea currents.

Indonesia’s transport ministry on Thursday suspended Lion Air’s
maintenance and engineering directors, fleet maintenance manager,
and the engineer who gave the jet permission to fly on Monday,
for 120 days to allow for an uninterrupted investigation, Reuters
reported.

Lion Air’s founder and owner, Rusdi Kirana, also said it was too
early to determine what led to the disaster,
according to Bloomberg
.

Rumors have also been swirling as to what exactly could cause a
near new boeing aircraft carrying 189 people to crash in good
weather.

Aviation experts have said investigators will be depending on the
black box before a definitive answer can be made.


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Lion air crash shoes

Shoes
of passengers of Lion Air flight JT610 were laid out at Tanjung
Priok port in Jakarta.

REUTERS/Beawiharta

First victim formally identified

Indonesian police have also formally identified the first victim
of the crash.

She was named as Jannatun Dewi, a 24-year-old woman from from
Sidoarjo, East Java, and a civil servant for the energy ministry
in Jakarta. She was a passengers on the flight.

Indonesia’s national police started
collecting DNA samples from the victims’ relatives
, according
to The Jakarta Post, but the process has been slow because
officials have only found body parts to work with.

With distraught family members gathering in Jakarta, officials
have said that that they do not expect anyone on flight JT610,
flying from Jakarta to the nearby island of Bangka, to have
survived.

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.
Personal effects, debris, and body parts have been found.


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