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Lion Air crash: Black box retrieved from missing plane

Lion Air crash: Black box retrieved from missing plane

The Indonesian police have also formally identified the first victim of the crash.

Images from the crash site showed two divers swim to a support vessel and place an orange-coloured device into a plastic tub, which was then carried onto the boat.

"I was desperate because the current below was strong but I am confident of the tools given to me", said navy 1st Sgt. Hendra, who uses a single name. "I started digging and cleaning the debris until I finally found an orange object".

The 2-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane plunged into the Java Sea on Monday just minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.

Representatives with the US -based aviation company were flying to Indonesia Wednesday to meet with officials with budget airline Lion Air, which has ordered 50 of the new 737 MAX 8 planes at a cost of $6.2 billion.

The cockpit voice and flight data recorder could be key pieces of evidence.

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"Their forms are similar", he said.

It plummeted into the Java Sea - no survivors have been found, nor has the body of the Boeing 737.

Claims that the Lion Air plane was flying erratically are corroborated by data collected by flight-tracking websites, the AP said.

The spokesperson for Indonesia's search and rescue agency, Yusuf Latif, has not confirmed the discovery of the black box.

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Currently, the divers have been searching down to a depth of 35 meters.

Her father and others knelt by the grave, which was sprinkled with red, white and yellow flowers, and prayed.

Forensic doctors and DNA experts at the hospital have so far managed to identify one victim, Jannatun Cintya Dewi, 24, by matching her fingerprints with antemortem data.

Dozens of divers were taking part in the recovery effort along with helicopters and ships. Southwest Airlines was the first US carrier to fly the plane and has taken 23 of them.

Shoes of passengers of Flight 610 were laid out at the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta.

The plane's black boxes should help explain why the almost-new Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet went down.

Investigators are looking into why the pilot had asked to return to base shortly after takeoff, a request that ground control officials had granted, although the flight crashed soon after. He said their aircraft maintenance engineer licenses have been suspended.

In a statement, Boeing expressed sympathy for the victims and families and said it stood "ready to provide technical assistance to the accident investigation".

Lion Air flight JT-610 disappeared just 13 minutes after it took off from Indonesia's capital Jakarta, bound for an island a little more than an hour away.

He said Malaysian aviation authorities were aware that Lion Air had been banned from flying to the European Union; however, the matter has been resolved. The ban was completely lifted in June this year.

Late yesterday, Indonesia's Transport Minister said the technical director of Lion Air and staff who approved Monday's flight had been removed from duty by the ministry.


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