Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Search for Lion Air crash victims extended

Search for Lion Air crash victims extended

Indonesian authorities on Saturday confirmed the death of one of the divers searching for the wreckage of the Lion Air plane that crashed on October 29 in the Java sea, killing all 189 people on board.

Muhammad Syaugi, head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, said: "Deepest condolences for the passing of a humanitarian hero from the Indonesian diving rescue team".

"But we can't find the CVR yet", Syaugi said.

Mr Syaugi paid tribute to a volunteer diver, Syahrul Anto, who died during the search effort on Friday.

Anto was found unconscious by other members of the team and taken to a local hospital, where he was declared dead, reportedly due to complications from uncontrolled decompression. He was treated by our doctors, after he regained consciousness, we sent him to the chamber for decompression.

As of Sunday a total of 105 body bags, few containing intact remains, had been recovered and handed to police for forensic identification, yet only 14 victims had been identified.

Lion Air now possesses 11 of Boeing's one of most advanced aircraft, while National airline Garuda Indonesia has one.

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Rescue workers carry a body bag at the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia.

It has since come to light that the pilot on the plane's previous flight on Sunday from Bali requested to return to the airport not long after takeoff but then reported the problem had been resolved and continued onto Jakarta.

Syaugi says a "low ping signal" was detected that could be the black box voice recorder. Its transport safety panel investigated 137 serious aviation incidents from 2012 to 2017. The plane crashed 13 minutes into its journey on Monday, killing 189 people that were on board.

One of the black boxes of the crashed Lion Air flight 610 was on Thursday recovered by Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas).

Founded in 1999, Lion Air is a budget airline operating in Indonesia and in some parts of Southeast Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is assisting the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Commission with the reading of the FDR and after cleaning it up hope to download data today.

Indonesian airlines were barred in 2007 from flying to Europe because of safety concerns, though several were allowed to resume services in the following decade. The U.S. lifted a decadelong ban in 2016.

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