Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Indonesia hunts sea bed for crashed Lion Air jet's second black box

Lion Air JT610 relatives Lion Air crash: Indonesian jet flew erratically the day before it crashed
| 02 November, 2018, 16:42

A Lion Air passenger jet of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 series at Jakarta Airport.

He noted it's especially important to find the black box quickly because the doomed plane was a newer model.

Two passengers on the plane's previous flight from Bali to Jakarta on Sunday have described issues that caused frustration and alarm.

Authorities analysed black box data from the crashed plane.

The suspended technicians "issued the recommendations for that flight", the ministry said in a press release.

Inspections have already been carried out on Lion Air's other Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes, preventing them from flying.

A team of rescuers heard pings from an underwater locator beacon with a distinct sound and interval between them, making it very likely that the wreckage and the location of the flight recorder have been identified, authorities said.

Boeing experts were due to arrive in Indonesia yesterday and Lion Air has said an "intense" internal investigation was under way in addition to the probe by safety regulators.

The aircraft on Sunday flew erratically and had unreliable airspeed readings.

Flight JT610, which was flown by a brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8, crashed into coastal waters just 13 minutes after it took off from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport for a one-hour flight to Pangkal Pingang. A similar pattern is also seen in data pinged from Monday's fatal flight.


She said passengers sat in the cabin without air conditioning for at least 30 minutes listening to an "unusual" engine roar, while some children vomited from the overbearing heat, until staff faced with rising anger let them disembark.

Investigators are looking into why the pilot of the downed aircraft had asked to return to base shortly after take-off, a request that ground control officials had granted, although the flight crashed soon after.

The flight data and cockpit voice recorders - both of which are often referred to as black boxes - hold information on a plane's electronics, systems and store the conversation of pilots and help aid accident investigations.

Lion Air has ordered 50 of the MAX 8 planes and one of its subsidiary airlines was the first to operate the new generation jet previous year.

Two of that flight's passengers posted on Instagram, reporting that they had been concerned about problems with the air-conditioning system and cabin lighting before the plane departed almost three hours late.

Indonesian airlines were barred in 2007 from flying to Europe because of safety concerns, though several were allowed to resume services in the following decade.

The U.S. and the European Union had banned Indonesian aircraft from their skies in 2007 after a string of accidents.

The Rigel has been searching in an area about 5 nautical miles from the site where the aircraft lost contact. The Federal Aviation Administration lifted the ban in August 2016. Local airline traffic more than tripled between 2005 and 2017 to 97 million people, according to the CAPA Center for Aviation, and is dominated by flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air Group.

Indonesia's air travel industry is booming, with the number of domestic passengers growing significantly over the past decade, but it has acquired a reputation for poor regulation and its airlines had previously been banned from United States and European airspace.

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