Plane crash in Indonesia: rescuers have found the body of the aircraft

Crashed Lion Air jet 'found'

The nearly new Boeing 737 MAX 8 went down in the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Monday morning with 189 passengers and crew on board.

Divers searched Tuesday for victims of the Lion Air plane crash and high-tech equipment was deployed to find its data recorders as reports emerged of problems on the jet's previous flight that had terrified passengers.

It had been travelling between Indonesia's capital Jakarta and the city of Pangkal Pinang further to the north.

Rescue workers load up recovered debris of Lion Air flight JT610 onto a truck at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 2, 2018. "As the plane readied for take-off, the engine seemed to die several times", she said.

The black box contains important flight data that shows the speed, altitude and direction of the plane, while the cockpit voice recorder keeps track of conversations and other sounds in the cockpit. Its transport safety panel investigated 137 serious aviation incidents from 2012 to 2017.

Let's hope investigations into this plane crash can help prevent future tragedies from taking place.

Conchita Caroline, an Indonesian television presenter who was on that flight, said that at the beginning of the journey there were irregularities.

The government has vowed "strict sanctions" on Lion Air if a probe by the safety board proves negligence on the part of the airline, the ministry said on Wednesday.

Data from flight-tracking websites shows both flights had highly erratic speed and altitude after takeoff, though confirmation is required from data recorded by the aircraft's "black box" flight recorders.

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Human remains were recovered from the crash site, about 15km (9 miles) off the coast, but authorities said they were now focusing the search underwater, believing many passengers may have been trapped inside the plane's fuselage.

"This is a photo of the wreck of the aircraft of Lion Air JT904", which crashed into water in Bali in 2013.

Armed forces chief Hadi Tjahjanto said this afternoon a search and rescue effort has identified the possible location of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 in the Java Sea.

"We have also intensified (on-site) checks on Lion Air, starting today", Budi said, referring to monitoring of the airline's airmen, operator and the company itself to ensure that they are conducting flights safely and in compliance with regulations.

In 2014, an AirAsia crash in the Java Sea during stormy weather killed 162 people.

The crash has renewed concerns about the safety of Indonesian airlines, soon after U.S. and European regulators removed prohibitions against them.

Lion Air, founded in 1999, has a history of maintenance and safety problems and was banned from flying in European airspace between 2007 and 2016.

Lion Air, a discount carrier, is one of Indonesia's youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and worldwide destinations. It has been expanding aggressively in Southeast Asia, a fast-growing region of more than 600 million people.

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