A diver died searching for victims of a crashed Lion Air jetliner in the Java Sea, officials said Saturday.
Indonesia’s search-and-rescue agency said 48-year-old diver Syahrul Anto died Friday in the area of the underwater debris field from flight Flight 610. It was a veteran of other operations including an AirAsia crash in the Java Se a nearly four years ago. Monday’s crash was the first involving a Boeing 737 Max 8, the latest variant of the popular single-aisle 737. The plane was delivered to Lion Air, one of Asia’s largest low-cost carriers, in August. “If the recorders don’t yield all the information, we will aim to reconstruct as much of the entire aircraft as possible,” an investigator at Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee declared.
Search team in Java Sea
Search teams haven’t found one of the black boxes, a cockpit voice recorder. Diving teams are working to locate the device. More than 100 divers are currently working in different zones conducting various searches. The fast-moving currents and muddy waters of the crash site in the Java Sea have hindered recovery efforts. Boeing and the US National Transportation Safety Board are flying special equipment to Indonesia to help local authorities extract information from the data records black box. Flight 610 was supposed to take its passengers on a one-hour journey from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka. Instead it crashed 13 minutes after takeoff.