Lion Air crash: Divers see fuselage and engines as ‘ping’ heard in search for black box

Flight recording device should hold more clues about what caused plane to plunge into Java sea following discovery of black box 

Saturday 03 November 2018 17:49
Indonesia plane crash: Underwater footage shows divers recovering Lion Air jet

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.

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.

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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