Lion Air Technical Director Removed Following Orders from Transport Ministry

Lion Air Technical Director Removed Following Orders from Transport Ministry

Search-and-rescue divers working Wednesday in Indonesian waters heard regular "pings" in what authorities said they hope will turn out to be the main body of the Lion Air plane that plunged into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff Monday morning. "We felt like in a roller coaster".

Search teams have filled ten body bags with limbs and other human remains, Muhammad Syaugi, head of the Indonesian national search and rescue agency told Metro TV, saying they will be taken to Jakarta for identification and DNA testing.

Relatives of 24-year-old Jannatun Cintya Dewi, whose remains were identified Wednesday, carried her body in a coffin covered in green cloth along a road in an East Java district to the burial place, followed by dozens of people in a solemn procession.

At the 2017 Paris Air Show the carrier placed an $8.7bn order for 50 737 Max 10 passenger jets, making the airline Boeing's second largest customer.

Indonesia's search and rescue agency has all but ruled out finding any survivors from the high-impact crash in water some 30-40 metres deep. Aircraft debris and personal belongings from ID cards to clothing and bags found scattered in seas northeast of Jakarta are being spread out on tarps at a port in north Jakarta.

A passenger from a Sunday Lion Air flight in the same plane, to Bali, is quoted as saying that there were several "oddities" with the plane during the flight.

Debris from the crashed Lion Air plane in the sea off the coast of Tanjung Pakis Karawang, Indonesia, 29 October 2018.

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Yesterday, October 31, the military said that we were able to determine the approximate place where it can lay the hull of a sunken plane and the black box. "However, we believe it is the FDR", Soerjanto said.

Officials have now reportedly deployed "pinger locators" to find the recorder.

Prior to the accident, the first for a 737 Max 8, the plane on a previous flight had experienced problems with the sensors used to calculate altitude and air speed, according to a spokesman.

Lion Air, a low-priced carrier, was barred from flying in US or European Union airspace due to its poor safety record.

Indonesian airlines were banned from flying to the United States in 2007 because they were "deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping, or inspection procedures", the Federal Aviation Administration said. The FAA lifted the ban in 2016 after the country's airlines showed signs of improvement.

To allow for an uninterrupted investigation, Indonesia's transport ministry on Thursday issued 120-day suspensions to Lion Air's maintenance and engineering directors, its fleet maintenance manager, and the engineer who gave the jet permission to fly on Monday, Reuters reported. It has been expanding aggressively in Southeast Asia, a fast-growing region of more than 600 million people.

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