In­done­sia calls off the search for Lion Air crash vic­tims

Times of Oman - - WORLD -

JAKARTA: In­done­sia on Satur­day called off the search for pas­sen­gers of a Lion Air plane, al­most two weeks af­ter the jet­liner plunged into the Java Sea killing 189 peo­ple on board.

Some 196 bags con­tain­ing body parts have been re­cov­ered from un­der the wa­ter with 79 vic­tims iden­ti­fied and handed over to their fam­i­lies for burial.

“Since yes­ter­day af­ter­noon un­til to­day we have not found any more vic­tims and there­fore I de­clare the search and res­cue op­er­a­tion is over,” Muham­mad Syaugi, head of the search and res­cue agency, told re­porters on Satur­day.

“We apol­o­gise to the pub­lic, es­pe­cially the fam­i­lies of vic­tims if dur­ing the op­er­a­tion we were not able to sat­isfy every­body,” he added. Res­cuers have also re­trieved parts of the plane’s en­gines, wheels and seats from the sea. One diver died help­ing with search.

Lion Air has be­gun pay­ing $102,058 com­pen­sa­tion money for each pas­sen­ger to the griev­ing fam­i­lies.

In­done­sian Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Com­mit­tee has re­trieved one of the black boxes -- the flight data recorder -- and is still hunt­ing for the cock­pit voice recorder, which recorded the last con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the pi­lot and co-pi­lot be­fore the crash.

The doomed jet was a Boe­ing 737-Max 8, one of the world’s new­est and most ad­vanced com­mer­cial pas­sen­ger planes, and there is still no an­swer as to what caused the crash.

The gov­ern­ment has or­dered a check on all Boe­ing 737-Max 8 fleets and con­ducted a spe­cial au­dit on Lion Air man­age­ment.

The trans­porta­tion min­istry has also re­moved sev­eral ex­ec­u­tives and tech­ni­cal staff from the air­line to help with the ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Lion Air plane plunged into the Java Sea on Oc­to­ber 29 min­utes af­ter take­off from Jakarta to Pangkal Pi­nang city.

All 189 peo­ple on board were killed and the data from the flight recorder data has so far re­vealed the plane’s air speed in­di­ca­tor had not been work­ing prop­erly on its last four jour­neys, in­clud­ing on the fa­tal flight.

Fol­low­ing the fa­tal crash, Boe­ing is­sued a spe­cial bul­letin on how to deal with the er­ro­neous An­gle of At­tack sen­sor alert in 737-8 and -9 air­planes.

-File photo

DIS­TRAUGHT: Fam­i­lies and col­leagues of pas­sen­gers and crew of Lion Air flight JT610 cry on the deck of In­done­sia Navy ship KRI Ban­jar­masin as they visit the site of the crash to pay their trib­ute, at the north coast of Karawang, In­done­sia.

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