BANGKOK – An Indonesian Navy diving team picked one of the airplane tickets from Lion Air Flight 610 on Thursday from the depths of Java Sea, giving hope that investigators will be able to solve the mystery of what led to a brand new Boeing jet that fall from heaven this week.
The Navy team placed the device at a depth of about 30 meters in water northeast of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. On Wednesday, the search team had heard ping from a locating beacon connected to the data recorder, but strong ocean currents prevented them from recycling the device.
Speak from a ship where the unit was transported to Jakarta, the dive team leader, senior chief executive Hendra, told reporters that divers need to dig in the seabed to restore it. Although the machine was covered with clay, it was intact.
There are two so-called black boxes on each plan, and they are actually bright orange. You register conversations in the cockpit while the other tracks important data such as flight speed, height and fuel flow.
“We can confirm that we found one of the two black boxes,” said Soerjanto Tjahjono, Head of the National Transportation Committee for Security, who heads the crash investigation.
Without the flight registrars, the investigators disappeared what caused the Lion Air Flight 610, from Jakarta to the small town of Pangkal Pinang on Monday morning with 189 people aboard, to crash into Java Sea. The weather was good, and the plane had just begun flying in August for Lion Air, a low cost carrier with a history of security accidents.
Speculation about what caused the crash has been focused on any problems with airspace transfer of flight velocity data. The day before the crash, the same planet had experienced unreliable flight velocity readings, which may have been the result of an error in instruments that measure the data needed to fly the plane.
Lion Air, a member of a company controlling the majority of Indonesia’s domestic aviation market, told Wednesday that the Ministry of Transport had suspended its technical director and ground personnel who served the plane in the hours before the flight’s start on Monday.
Investigators want to know if the problem of incorrect readings that occurred on Sunday’s flight was really resolved, as maintenance logs seen by air researchers indicate.
Representatives from Boeing are scheduled to meet with officials at the Ministry of Transport on Thursday. The aircraft, a 737 Max 8, is one of the most advanced and latest aircraft on offer. While there is no indication that there is a system error with the flight model, Indonesia ordered an inspection of all Max 8-jets operated by domestic carriers.
Lion Air has suffered at least 15 major incidents since its inception in 2000, from fatal crashes to aircraft collisions. However, the airline has expanded rapidly, partly due to the urgent need for air travel in an island nation spread across the equator.
Indonesia’s airline newspaper was for years so bad that western countries blacklisted the country’s carrier. But both the United States and the European Union have since lifted their ban on Indonesian airlines.
On Wednesday, Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the government would evaluate the security systems for low cost airlines in Indonesia.
“Low cost carrier is a necessity, he says.” It’s not that low cost airlines are wrong, that is, we want to increase their security. “