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Fuselage, engines from crashed Lion Air jet found

Fuselage, engines from crashed Lion Air jet found

The country's national search and rescue agency chief Muhammad Syaugi said that the search involving hundreds of personnel and dozens of ships would continue for another three days.

"Deepest condolences for the passing of a humanitarian hero from the Indonesian Diving Rescue Team", Basarnas chief Syaugi said in a news release.

Investigators are still attempting to retrieve information from the flight data recorder's "crash survivable memory unit" that will help determine the cause of the disaster.

Videos and pictures that are circulating the internet claiming to show the crashed flight from a passenger's perspective are false and are from another Lion Air flight JT-353 from Jakarta to Padang which encountered turbulence some time ago. All 189 people on board are presumed dead.

Utomo said investigators - including from the US, Singapore and Australia - had retrieved 69 hours of data from 19 flights carried out by the Boeing 737 aircraft, including the JT610 flight that crashed into waters off Karawang, West Java.

The flight data recorder, or black box, was recovered on Thursday and Mr Syaugi said a "low ping signal" was detected by a sonar locator that could be the black box voice recorder.

Lion Air ordered as many as 218 units of the Boeing 737 Max 8 for its fleet, making it the first in Indonesia to operate the plane which made its factory maiden flight in 2017.

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On Monday, the plane crashed 13 minutes after taking off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.

It has since come to light that the pilot on the plane's previous flight on Sunday from Bali requested to return to the airport not long after takeoff but then reported the problem had been resolved and continued onto Jakarta. Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

While Lion Air said the condition of the aircraft before take-off had nothing to do with the fatal crash, airline safety analysts told AirlineRatings.com the two are "definitely linked".

"From here we will analyse what happened to that flight", Nurcahyo Utomo, head of Indonesia's transportation safety committee, told reporters.

The ban was completely lifted in June.

The accident resurrected concerns about Indonesia's poor air safety record which until recently saw its carriers facing years-long bans from entering European Union and U.S. airspace.

It has been expanding aggressively in Southeast Asia, a fast-growing region of more than 600 million people.