INDONESIA: Indonesian Navy divers have recovered one of the black boxes from the Lion Air plane that crashed into the Java Sea on Monday with 189 people on board.
Divers lifted the device from the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft onto their ship on Thursday morning and they also found landing gear, the wheels and a large part of the body.
“Divers from the agency, the Navy, and the police were sent to sweep the area. They plan on using a ship crane on Friday to lift up the landing gear debris”, said agency head Muhmmad Syaugi .
The Lion Air flight JT 610 was carrying 181 passengers, as well as six crewmembers and two pilots. It had been flying north from the capital, Jakarta, to the city of Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka when it went missing.
An official of Indonesia’s safety transport committee had said he could not confirm the cause of the crash, adding that it lost contact with ground officials 13 minutes after takeoff, want to wait until the recovery of the plane’s black boxes, as the cockpit voice recorder and data flight recorder are known.
Indonesian police have identified the first victim of the crash. The passenger has been named as Jannatun Cintya Dewi, a 24-year-old woman from Sidoarjo, East Java.
Brigadier-General Hudi Suryanto, in charge of the Automatic Finger Print Identification System (INAFIS), said,
“We’ve examined 48 body bags of victim remains and the investigators had identified the first victim of the plane crash, on the third day of the search after finding her right hand. The forensic team matched data from Indonesia’s national ID card system and cross-checked all documents provided by the victim’s family”.
“The disaster victim identification team has taken 152 DNA samples from the families to help identify the victims”, he added.
The items such as headphones and life vests, ID cards were found in waters about 30 metres to 35 metres deep near where the plane lost contact.
Yohanes Sirait, a spokesperson for the country’s air navigation authorities said that the aircraft crew had requested and received permission to turn around, then quickly lost contact. Investigators are looking into why the pilot had asked to return to base shortly after takeoff.
Danang Mandala Prihantoro, a Lion Air official, said in a statement that the aircraft had been in service only since August.
The captain of the flight, Capt. Bhavye Suneja, had more than 6,000 flying hours and that the co-pilot, who goes by the single name of Harvino, had more than 5,000 flying hours.