Searchers spot fuselage, detect possible voice recorder signal
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Divers reported seeing the fuselage and engines of the crashed Lion Air jet on the seafloor and a ping locator has detected a signal that may be from the cockpit voice recorder, Indonesia’s search and rescue chief said Saturday.
Speaking on the sixth day of the search, Muhammad Syaugi said that two engines and more landing gear had been found. The plane crashed in 98 feet of water but strong currents hampered the search.
The brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after takeoff from Jakarta early on Oct. 29, killing all 189 people on board.
The flight data recorder was recovered on Thursday and Syaugi said a “low ping signal” was detected by a sonar locator that could be the black box voice recorder.