Divers and rescue teams were working Tuesday to bring passenger remains out of the water, as investigators examined fragments of…
Divers and rescue teams were working Tuesday to bring passenger remains out of the water, as investigators examined fragments of debris scattered over a large expanse of sea.
The aircraft’s fuselage and flight data recorders are yet to be recovered, which should provide more evidence as to what caused the flight to crash about 13 minutes after taking off on a routine flight expected to take just over one hour.
Police said late Monday that 24 body bags had been transferred from the crash to a local hospital for post mortem. DNA samples have been taken from 132 family members of passengers on board to help with identification, but the Jakarta police commissioner warned this could be difficult, and each body bag could contain more than one person.
4-year-old Keshia Aurelia, was in high school when she heard the news her mother Fifi Hajanto had been on the plane when it went down.
“We cried a lot in the crisis center while we were waiting for the authorities,” she told CNN. “All of the families were crying. I’m not the only one suffering so I have to be strong.”
“My mom was a very kind person,” Aurelia added. “I do not understand why (this happened).”
The plane, a new Boeing 737 MAX 8, was carrying 181 passengers, as well as six cabin crew members and two pilots, bound for Pangkal Pinang on the Indonesian island of Bangka.
It made a request 2 air traffic control to return to the airport around 19 kilometers (12 miles) after takeoff, but did not indicate there was any emergency.
Radar data did not show that the plane had turned back, and air traffic controllers lost contact with It soon after, Yohanes Sirait, spokesman for AirNav Indonesia, the agency that oversees air traffic navigation Ation, Customs CNN.
David Soucie, a former security inspector with the US Federal Aviation Administration, said the fact that an emergency was not declared should be a cause for concern.
“What’s most peculiar to me is the fact that they did not declare an emergency. They just simply said, we’re going back,” said Soucie, a CNN security analyst.
“But when I se etter at flyet etter det, flyet gjorde en veldig steil dykke etter det som ikke var typisk for hva de ville ha gjort, “he added. “They would have maintained altitude and made that turn and come back to (the airport).”
The plane had reported problems the night before on a flight to Denpasar to Jakarta, but engineers had checked and repaired the issue and given the plane clearance to fly, Lion Air CEO Edward Sirait told local media.
AirNav Indonesia said the flight would have been given a priority landing spot had it declared an emergency.
“Something happened to lose control of that aircraft,” Soucie said.
He ruled out weather as a cause of the crash, however, since the plane did not appear to attempt to turn back towards Jakarta. “That says that something was abrupt and very fast, happened to the aircraft.”
Though the flight data recorder and voice cockpit recorder – the so-called “black boxes” – have yet to be recovered, Soucie warned that the emergency Locator transmitters on the black boxes are somewhat unreliable, and could be undetectable, as they were with the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
“When that aircraft goes down, the first thing you find is those boxes, and if the signal that tells where they are is not working or is not designed properly, that’s a big problem,” he said. “It’s again more of a systemic problem than it is a particular aircraft. “
Black boxes typically provide information on the causes of the crash and final minutes of the flight.
Lion Air acquired the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet in August and it had only flown 800 hours, according to Indonesia’s National Transport Safety Committee (NTSC).
The aircraft is one of Boeing’s newest and most advanced jets, one of 11 such aircraft in Lion Air’s fleet. In a statement, Boeing said the company was “deeply saddened” by the loss and offered “heartfelt sympathies” to passengers and crew on board, and their families.
Soucie said 800 hours was plenty of time “to get this tried- and-true. “
He added the MAX 8 was “the top of the line, it’s one of the best you can buy … I do not see anything coming back towards maintenance on this issue or the flight of the aircraft itself.”  CNN aviation analyst Peter Goelz agreed that the loss of such a new aircraft was “highly unusual.”
But because the Lion Air jet pilot and co-pilot were experienced – 6,000 and 5,000 flight hours respectively – and weather
Attention will also be included on the general safety record of Indonesia’s aviation industry, which has long been behind other countries in the region.