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Indonesia to probe Lion Air after deadly plane crash

Indonesia to probe Lion Air after deadly plane crash

Officials from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau are assisting the Indonesian authorities with the downloading and analysis of the flight data recorder recovered last week.

Hundreds of relatives of victims have prayed and thrown flowers into the Java Sea where a Lion Air jet plunged into the water more than a week ago, killing all 189 people on board.

Tjahjono said his agency was asking Boeing and the United States what action to take to prevent similar problems around the world.

"We are formulating, with NTSB (US National Transportation safety board) and Boeing, detailed inspections regarding the airspeed indicator", he said. It was not immediately clear whether the problem with the crashed jet stemmed from a mechanical or maintenance issue, and US authorities responded cautiously to suggestions of fleet-wide checks.

"If there are urgent findings to be delivered, we will convey them to the operators and to the manufacturer", he said, according to AP. The committee said they were dealing with an erroneous airspeed indication.

The plane's altitude was mostly about 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), but rose and fell repeatedly within a range of a few hundred feet, according to flight-tracking data from FlightRadar24.

Tjahjono and investigator Nurcahyo Utomo told a news conference that the new information is consistent with earlier reports that the plane's speed and altitude were erratic, the Associated Press reported.

The new details - gleaned from a recovered flight data recorder - come after the government said it was launching a "special audit" of the budget carrier's operations. Kirana and brother Kusnan Kirana founded Lion Air in 1999.

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Lion Air is one of Indonesia's youngest airlines but has grown rapidly, flying to dozens of domestic and global destinations.

The recorder shows the jet's last four flights all had an airspeed indicator problem. "This is what we do not know yet and we will find it out", he said.

Well over 100 body bags have been retrieved, and each body bag could contain remains from more than one individual.

The confirmation of Flight 610's condition comes as divers continue to search for the aircraft's missing cockpit voice recorder (CVR), commonly known as a black box, which could help investigators piece together the plane's final moments before it crashed.

"After 10 minutes in the air the plane dropped as if it was losing power". One of the more than 100 divers working at the crash site has died, CNN reported.

Relatives weep as they pray for victims of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 5, 2018.

Families of victims of Lion Air flight JT610 attend a meeting with authorities and Lion Air management on Monday in Jakarta, Indonesia. That followed the discovery of defects on two other Boeing 737 Max 8 planes - both operated by Lion Mentari Airlines - during checks on six aircraft of that type.

Tjahjono said Flight 610 was intact with its engines running when it slammed into the sea 13 minutes after takeoff.