Indonesian divers have found one of two black box flight recorders of Lion Air flight JT610, which crashed into the ocean on Monday morning.
Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi confirmed on Thursday. The fuselage of the plane possibly had also been seen but this was not yet confirmed. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane killed all 189 people on board when it crashed. Only body parts have been found. "I assume that there will be a lot of bodies still strapped into the seats," aviation analyst Dudi Sudibyo told to media. Passengers' remains are being sent to hospital for DNA comparison to relatives. The two most likely reasons for the crash were “human error or the plane itself”, Mr Budi said. The authorities are still looking for the cockpit voice recorder.
Debris from the crashed plane
Extra inspections had been carried out on the remaining 10 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes being operated in Indonesia by Lion and Garuda and they had been given the OK to fly. About 40 per cent of Lion flights will now be subjected to random safety checks. On Thursday, the Indonesian Transport ministry officially asked more members of Lion Air's management to be relieved of duty so they could assist with the investigation. Lion Air has been plagued by safety concerns and customer complaints over unreliable scheduling and poor service.