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Indonesia sends divers to check if “ping” signals reveal the crash plane

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia sent divers on Wednesday to scour the ocean around an aircraft with an aircraft with 189…

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia sent divers on Wednesday to scour the ocean around an aircraft with an aircraft with 189 people aboard. After picking up a signal, seeker believes the planet is in water east of the capital Jakarta.

Rescue workers of the crashed Lion Air flight JT610 release recently recovered junk at the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 30, 201

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Ground personnel lost contact with JT610 by Indonesia’s budget airline Lion Luft 13 minutes after the Boeing 737 MAX 8 took off on Monday from Jakarta, on its way to the Pangkal Pinang mining town.

On Wednesday, the Indonesian military chief said he believed the plane had been found and a transport safety representative said divers would be sent to confirm a “ping” signal taken by a search and rescue team late on Tuesday.

“We strongly believe that we have found some of the JT610,” Hadi Tjahjanto told TV One, adding that the search team had the platelines but now it was necessary to confirm that it was the planet.

Indonesia has used “pinger locators” in the pursuit of the flight’s blackboxes, as cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorder are known at the crash site.

“Last afternoon, the team had heard a” ping “sound at a depth of 35 meters,” said Haryo Satmiko, deputy head of the National Transport Security Panel, to Reuters, with a depth of 115 feet.

“This morning at 5 o’clock, the team is back to dive on the spot.”

Although it is now almost certain that everyone in the planet died, relatives are desperate to find traces of their loved ones, with only debris and parts of the body so far.

“I continue to pray for a miracle, but, logically, the planet has sunk in the ocean,” says Toni Priyono Adhi, whose daughter was on board. “But as a parent, I want a miracle.”

Dozens of relatives of the missing people gathered at a police hospital where body sacks had been taken for forensic experts to try to identify victims, using technicians to remove saliva from families for DNA testing.

The divers team has been equipped in the search for the black boxes in the effort to learn why an almost new plan went down minutes after starting.

The search was expanded on Wednesday to cover 15 nautical miles around the area where the planet lost contact, a search and rescue officer said and increased from 10 nautical miles on Tuesday.

About 60 divers entered the ocean on Tuesday from inflatable boats scattered over a little cool water, about 35 meters deep, a Reuters witness said on a boat at the crash site. A total of 35 vessels have been developed in the search.

Only garbage, personal items, including 52 identity cards, passports and body parts have been found outside of Indonesia’s Karawang district, east of the capital Jakarta.

President Joko Widodo visited Jakarta Harbor to investigate items in a pile of debris on tarpaulins, from missing places and air host uniforms to bags and shoes.

Officials said that human remains were collected in 37 body bags after sowing the site, about 15 km off the coast.

Investigators look at why the pilot on the downward plane had asked to return to the base just after the start, a request that ground management officials had granted, even though the flight crashed shortly after.

An official from the National Transport Security Panel has said that the plane had technical problems in its previous flight on Sunday, from Denpasar City, Bali, including a problem of “unreliable flight speed”.

The accident is the first reported with the highly-sold Boeing 737 MAX, an updated, more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer’s single-jet beam.

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Private owned Lion Air, founded in 1999, said the aircraft had been operating since August and was airworthy, with its pilot and med pilot who had 11,000 hours of flight time between them.

On Wednesday, the airline will meet a Boeing team to discuss the fate of its 737 MAX 8 plan.

“We have many questions for them,” said Lion Air Director Daniel Putut to Tuesday’s reporters. “This was a new plan.”

Further Reporting from Jakarta Bureau; Editing Michael Perry

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