Lion Air crash: On ill-fated plane's previous flight, pilot made distress call

Lion Air crash: On ill-fated plane's previous flight, pilot made distress call

Lion Air crash: On ill-fated plane's previous flight, pilot made distress call

Investigators displayed one of the jet's two flight recorders at a news conference Thursday evening, later confirmed to be the flight data recorder, and said they would immediately attempt to upload information and begin analysis.

"Shortly after requesting RTB, the pilot then contacted the control tower again to inform that the plane had run normally and would not return" to Bali's Ngurah Rai airport, said Herson, who uses a single name. After narrowing the possible location, 'I started digging and cleaning the debris until I finally found an orange object, ' he said, standing on the deck of a ship next to his diving mate.

The same plane took off at 6.20 am on Monday from Jakarta bound for Bangka island but 13 minutes into the flight, the plane plunged into the sea killing everyone onboard.

Indonesia's second-deadliest air disaster since 1997 has prompted renewed concern about its patchy safety record, and the government has said Lion Air will be regulated more closely.

"Their forms are similar", he said.

Black box data help explain almost 90 per cent of all crashes, according to aviation experts.

The flight data recorder is expected to provide investigators with detailed information about the flight such as altitude, airspeed and heading.

Locating the fuselage will bring the search effort closer to finding the aeroplane's flight recorders, which are crucial to the accident investigation. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board says sophisticated computer and audio equipment is used to extract and translate the data into an understandable format.

A member of the Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) inspects debris believed to be from the Lion Air passenger jet that crashed off Java Island at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.

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A diver named Hendra aboard search vessel Baruna Jaya told Metro TV, "We dug and we got the black box".

Searchers have found one black box and just one passenger has been identified from partial human remains recovered from the shallow waters.

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

The results from a preliminary investigation will be made public after 30 days, another KNKT official said. It will be given to the transportation safety committee of Indonesia so they can examine all of the data that is contained on it.

Lion Air, a budget carrier that is the biggest domestic airline in Indonesia, has said the unspecified problem was fixed after Sunday's flight, but the fatal flight's pilots also made a "return to base" request not long after takeoff.

A plane's black box records conversations of pilots, as well a monitors the mechanical systems and electronics of each flight.

Lion Air president-director Edward Sirait said the plane had a "technical problem" on its previous flight from Bali to Jakarta but it had been fully remedied.

Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said inspections of Boeing MAX 8 planes operated by Lion Air and national carrier Garuda have found no problems but the checks are continuing.

Rusdi Kirana, the firm's owner, has said that it is too early to pinpoint what exactly caused the tragic accident, which has led to questions regarding the safety record of Lion Air, which was forbidden to fly over Europe and the United States for nine years, from 2007 to 2016. The licenses of all suspended employees had even frozen for 120 days. Lion Air was among Indonesian airlines that were banned by the European Union from 2007 through 2016, according to the Aviation Safety Network database maintained by the Flight Safety Foundation.

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