Lion Air crash: 'Black box' from crashed jet retrieved

Aaron Brown
November 4, 2018

Meanwhile, the search and rescue operation entered the fourth day yesterday, while police forensic experts continued their painstaking process to identify the remains of the bodies recovered.

According to a Reuters report, citing Bali Airport official Herson, the captain then canceled the request after the technical problem stopped.

Indonesian transport minister Budi Karya has ordered Lion Air and Garuda, another local airline, to inspect all Boeing 737 Max 8 models.

"The Lion plane requested to return back to Bali five minutes after take-off, but then the pilot said the problem had been resolved and he was going to go ahead to Jakarta".

Pilots use Pan-Pan calls to flag urgent situations. They are built to survive at vast depths and in extreme heat, and are fitted with a beacon which can emit a signal for one month.

Personal items recovered from Lion Air flight JT610 by search-and-rescue personnel at the Tanjung Priok port on Wednesday in Jakarta.

The fatal flight's pilots also made a "return to base" request minutes before the crash.

Lion Air Flight 610 crashed after takeoff from Jakarta Monday.

Two passengers from Sunday's flight posted on Instagram, reporting that they had been concerned about problems with the air conditioning system and cabin lighting before the plane left Bali almost three hours late.

Indonesia's government has promised that "strict sanctions" would be imposed on Lion Air should the investigation from the safety board prove that there was negligence on the company's part.

We're not sure if the click was taken on JT610 or before the flight took off.

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Authorities say they will immediately begin examining a damaged black box that has finally been retrieved from the sunken wreckage.

Authorities are cracking down on Lion Air and ordered an audit of its fix unit as the hunt for clues for the crash of the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane continues for a fourth day.

The black boxes, which airlines are required to install, offer investigators their best chance of discovering why such a new jet crashed.

Satmiko said the base-plate of the box had been torn away in the crash, giving further evidence of how hard the plane hit the water.

Searchers have yet to detect a location signal from the second of the two black boxes, housed at opposite ends of the aircraft.

The sea is only 30 m deep at the crash site but strong currents and nearby energy pipelines have hampered the search for the aircraft operated by the budget carrier.

Downloading the data on flight recorders can take as little as two hours but analysing it can take weeks. But hopes are fading of finding a large section of fuselage intact with bodies, easily retrievable, inside.

"We know that it is very unlikely that my cousin is still alive, but no one can provide any certainty or explanation, " he said as other family members wept and hugged each other.

Passengers' remains are being sent to hospital for DNA identification, with the first funeral for one of the passengers held on Thursday.

He said the Directorate-General of Air Transportation has asked Lion Air to remove four key officials from duty - its director of maintenance and engineering, quality control manager, flight maintenance manager and release manager - so they can assist the investigation.

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