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Indonesian rescue services found new human remains on Tuesday at the crash site of a Lion Air plane that crashed, at sea, with 189 people on board, because of a failure in an instrument on board, according to the press.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 of the low-cost Indonesian airline went into service only a few months ago and disappeared from the radars on Monday, 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta. He crashed into the Java Sea shortly after requesting air control permission to return to the Indonesian capital.
Dozens of rescuers and divers were sent to the site of the disappearance of flight JT 610. But, since Monday night, the rescue services did not have much hope of finding survivors.
To date, the teams have filled 10 body bags with body parts, which will be sent to Jakarta to study their DNA so they can be identified, Metro TV Muhammad Syaugi, head of the Indonesian Research and Rescue Agency, told Metro.
According to the deputy head of the national police, Ari Donao Sukmanto, among the bodies found would be that of a baby.
The rescue services also filled 14 bags with debris, such as shoes, wallets and clothing.
“We hope to see most of the plane’s shell, everything that was on the surface was collected,” Syaugi added.
– ‘Lack of reliability’ –
According to the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), the plane was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child, two babies, two pilots and six crew members.
They included 20 employees of the Indonesian Ministry of Finance and the Italian exciclist Andrea Manfredi.
The impact probably occurred at high speed. In that area, the sea has a depth of between 30 and 40 meters.
“Our priority is to find the main carcass, with the help of five warships equipped with metal detectors,” said Yusuf Latif, spokesman for the Search Agency.
The two black boxes – one that records the conversations and the other, the flight parameters – were not found.
The device was heading to Pangkal Pingang, a transit town for tourists who travel to the neighbouring island of Belitung.
Lion Air stated that the Boeing entered service in August. The pilot and co-pilot had more than 11,000 flight hours. Recently, they passed medical exams and drug tests, the company added.
On Monday, Lion Air president Edward Sirait admitted that the company had repaired the plane in Bali before it left for Jakarta, without giving further details, but hinted at a “normal procedure”.
The BBC, which obtained a technical notebook on the Bali-Jakarta flight on Sunday, reported the “unreliability” of an instrument to measure speed and divergence in altitude measurements between the pilot and co-pilot aircraft…
The company did not respond to the interview requests.
For its part, Boeing declared itself “deeply distressed” and “willing to provide technical assistance in the investigation of the accident.”
After the accident, they kept spreading rumours and false news on the Internet, one of them made sure that a baby had survived and also a video was broadcast in which passengers appeared of a plane invaded by panic.
The spokesman for the Indonesian disaster management agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, denied these two “pieces of information”.
Indonesia, an archipelago of Southeast Asia, has 17,000 islands and islets, depends largely on air transport and accidents are frequent.
Lion Air has been involved in several incidents. The most serious occurred in 2004 when 26 people died after a plane left the runway in Solo, in central Java.
SourceL El Nuevo Herald