Indonesia finds black box from crashed Lion Air plane


Indonesian rescue team operate during the recovery mission for the crashed Lion Air flight JT-610 plane at Tanjung Pakis Sea, West Java, Indonesia, Oct 31, 2018. EPA-EFE/BAGUS INDAHONO

JAKARTA.- The Indonesian authorities on Thursday found a black box from the Lion Air plane that crashed in the Java Sea earlier in the week with 189 people on board, according to Indonesian media.

The search and rescue team retrieved the black box from the sea after detecting a continuous signal from the waters of Cape Karawang, near Jakarta – the spot where the plane crashed – since Wednesday, according to the broadcaster Metro TV.

National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) chief Soerjanto Tjahjono said on Wednesday night that regular frequency signals had been detected at intervals of less than a second but currents and low visibility had hampered the operations.

Soerjanto said that the results of the complete investigation could take up to six months and the KNKT will publish a preliminary report in a month.

The remains of at least a dozen people have been retrieved from the sea, according to the latest data by Basarnas.
The plane, with flight number JT610, disappeared from the radars on Monday morning, 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta airport at 6.20 am heading to Pangkal Pinang, on the island of Bangka.

Founded in 1999, Lion Air is Indonesia’s largest low-cost airline and has had half a dozen non-fatal accidents and one fatal accident, which occurred in 2004 in the city of Solo, leaving 25 people dead.

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