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Indonesian team close to finding crashed jet

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Published on November 05, 2018 with No Comments

Indonesian search and rescue workers believe an underwater “pinging” sound they have detected is from the black box of a passenger jet that crashed into the sea with 189 people on board, the country’s military chief updated media on Thursday. Ground staff lost touch with flight JT610 of Indonesian budget airline Lion Air 13 minutes after the Boeing 737 MAX 8 took off early on Monday from Jakarta, on its way to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.

Military chief Hadi Tjahjanto said that divers had already gone down to check the location from where the signal was picked up by a search and rescue team but were contending with strong currents. “I am sure we will find a black box given the strong indication, and, not far from there, the main body of the plane,” Tjahjanto is reported to have said. The plane’s black boxes, as the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder are known, should help explain why the almost-new jet went down minutes after take-off.

 

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