Sunday, 17 October 2021

More body parts found from crashed Indonesian jet

AFP

JAKARTA: Indonesian search teams Tuesday recovered more remains at the site of a crashed Lion Air jet that plunged into the sea with 189 people aboard, as a report said it had suffered an instrument malfunction the day before.

The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, plunged into the Java Sea moments after it had asked to return to Jakarta on Monday.

Flight JT 610 sped up as it suddenly lost altitude and then vanished from radar 13 minutes after take-off, with authorities saying witnesses saw the jet plunge into the water.

Dozens of divers are taking part in the recovery effort.

Search teams have filled ten body bags with limbs and other human remains, Muhammad Syaugi, head of Indonesian national search and rescue agency told Metro TV, saying they will be taken to Jakarta for identifiation.

Another 14 bags filled with debris have also been collected, he said, adding that the underwater search for the plane would continue Tuesday.

Shoes, items of clothing and a wallet are among the items found.

“We hope we can see the plane’s main body – everything on the surface of the water has been collected,” Syaugi said.

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