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6:00, 30 October 2018

Lion Air crash: Sonar and drones used in Indonesian search

Lion Air crash: Sonar and drones utilised in Indonesian search

Drones and sonar technology have been deployed in Indonesia to search for a Lion Air passenger plane which crashed into the sea on Monday.

Flight JT 610 went down soon after taking off from Jakarta with 189 passengers and crew on board.

There has been no sign of survivors but debris and private belongings have been collected from the water.

There is no indication however of what brought on the plane to go down 13 minutes soon after taking off.

Officials say the pilot of the Boeing 737 had asked to return to Soekarno-Hatta airport shortly prior to losing make contact with with air visitors control, just 13 minutes into the flight.

A technical log obtained by the BBC showed the plane had encountered technical difficulties although flying from Bali to Jakarta the previous day.

The log showed one instrument was “unreliable” and the pilot had to hand more than to the 1st officer.

Lion Air’s chief executive Edward Sirait said on Tuesday that the plane had been repaired prior to taking off once more.

Flight JT 610 was heading for the western city of Pangkal Pinang on Monday but right away encountered difficulties.

Thirteen minutes into the flight it suddenly sped up and lost altitude, falling into the Java Sea, north-east of Jakarta.

Folks who had been on boats in the area at the time have reported seeing it fall from the sky.

The head of Indonesia’s disaster agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said on Twitter that sonar devices were getting used in the waters near Karawang – the plane’s last identified point of get in touch with.

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“Hopefully this morning we can locate the wreckage or fuselage,” Soerjanto Tjahjono, the head of Indonesia’s transport security panel told news agency Reuters.

Investigators are also looking for the plane’s black box recorder, which will supply important flight information.

Search teams have been retrieving body parts from the water.

The head of the national search and rescue agency, Muhammad Syaugi, told local media 10 body bags had already been filled and would be taken to Jakarta for identification.

Fourteen bags filled with debris – which includes shoes, a wallet and a variety of things of clothing – have also been collected, along with aircraft debris.

Yet another search official, Yusuf Latif, earlier stated it would “a miracle” if survivors have been located.

Mr Sutopo has also warned against hoaxes that have been spreading on social media, such as images that users claimed were taken by passengers in their final moments prior to the plane went down.

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In a statement, Boeing expressed sympathy for the victims and households and stated it stood “ready to provide technical help to the accident investigation”.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago, is heavily reliant on air travel but a lot of of its airlines have a poor safety record.

It has had troubles of security and poor management in the past and was banned from flying into European airspace till 2016.

Published at Tue, 30 Oct 2018 04:14:34 +0000

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