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Updated: Indonesia divers retrieve black box from crashed jet: media

Recovered belongings believed to be from the crashed Lion Air flight JT610 are laid out at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su
2018-11-01

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SULAIMANI — Indonesian divers have retrieved a black box from a Lion Air jet that crashed into the sea this week with 189 aboard and brought it back to a ship on the surface, one of the divers told media on Thursday (November 1).

“We dug and we got the black box,” from among debris in the mud on the sea floor, the diver, identified as Hendra, told broadcaster Metro TV on board the Baruna Jaya vessel.

The black box was orange in color and intact, he said, without specifying if the item was the flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder.  

Ground staff lost touch with flight JT610 of 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. There were no survivors.

“The ping sound is clearer,” Haryo Satmiko, deputy chairman of the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), told Reuters.

“We’ve deployed a remote operating vehicle and detected a large chunk on the bottom of the sea. We suspect that is a part of the plane’s body.”

A team of divers had gone down since 5 a.m. to map the area where the black box is thought to be, he added, describing sea conditions as normal.

(NRT Digital Media/Reuters)