Lion Air crash: Over 100 body bags of human remains recovered

Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya has ordered local airlines Lion Air and Garuda to inspect their Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes

Indonesian Transport Minister Budi Karya has ordered local airlines Lion Air and Garuda to inspect their Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes

Tragically those hard conditions have claimed the life of one of the divers, Syahrul Anto, 48, a senior diver, was found dead Friday after he disappeared.

Head of the Indonesian search and rescue team Basarnas, Muhammad Syaugi said: "Deepest condolences for the passing of a humanitarian hero from the Indonesian Diving Rescue Team".

Lion has claimed a technical problem was fixed after Sunday's fight.

President Joko Widodo encouraged rescuers to step the search for the dead, saying: 'I ask for you to use all your might, all the technology available, to work fast to find anything else'.

The sea is only 30 m deep at the crash site but strong currents and nearby pipelines have hampered the search.

News of the death of Syachrul Anto, 48, came on Saturday as authorities revealed divers had reported seeing the fuselage and engines of the crashed Lion Air jet on the sea floor and a ping locator had detected a signal possibly from the cockpit voice recorder.

The Indonesian transport ministry says it has found faults in two other Boeing 737-MAX 8 jets, including a cockpit indicator display problem which may be similar to one reported in the crashed flight.

The search and rescue agency said that 65 body bags with human remains had been taken to a police hospital where forensic doctors have been trying to identify victims.

The Lion Air Flight Data Recorder was located on Thursday, but investigators told media that they have not yet been able to extract any information from it.

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Despite the damage to the black box, experts believe that its core memory can still be retrieved.

Video shared with Reuters, shows debris from the wreckage, as divers hunt for a second black box that could help determine what went fatally wrong.

The committee has been receiving help from their American counterparts at the US National Transportation Safety Board, but will be getting additional assistance from Australia, Utomo added.

So far only one passenger has been identified from partial remains.

Both Lion-owned planes required new components, it said.

Mr Sudibyo then stressed that with aeroplanes, "even if there is a single, tiny fault it should not fly".

While Lion Air said the condition of the aircraft before take-off had nothing to do with the fatal crash, airline safety analysts told AirlineRatings.com the two are "definitely linked". In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 on board. The US lifted a decade-long ban in 2016.

Lion Air is one of Indonesia's youngest airlines but has grown rapidly, flying to dozens of domestic and worldwide destinations.

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