Relatives of Lion Air victims pray, cast flowers into sea

Pauline Gross
November 7, 2018

Angry and distraught family members vented their frustration at the authorities for their lack of coordination and failure to provide information, with Muhammad Bambang Sukandar, the father of one of the victims, Pangky Pradana Sukandar, asking Rusdi Kirana, founder of Lion Air who was among the audience, to stand up.

The damage was revealed after data had been downloaded from the plane's flight data recorder, KNKT chief Soerjanto Tjahjono told reporters, adding that it was asking Boeing and U.S. authorities what action to take to prevent similar problems on this type of plane around the world. Searchers are still trying to locate the cockpit voice recorder on the flight. All 189 passengers and crew are feared to have died when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff on October 29.

At least 105 body bags containing parts of passengers have been handed to the national police hospital in Jakarta for identification.

CNN said Indonesian officials are working with Boeing and safety experts to further investigate the airspeed indicator issue.

The latest information released by investigators still doesn't answer why the pilots on three previous flights were able to handle the problem while the crew on October 29 ended up diving at high speed into the sea, said John Cox, president of consulting company Safety Operating Systems and a former airline pilot.

The crash is being blamed on a "technical issue", Soerjanto Tjahjono, the head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, told victims' families Monday.

Logs obtained by the BBC have already shown that on the Boeing 737 Max's penultimate flight, airspeed readings were unreliable.

An area that investigators will want to explore is how Lion Air addressed a recurring problem on the plane.

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The agency said it would probe what caused the indicator problem and whether proper repairs were done - including replacing the faulty component, he added.

A week after the disaster, there is still no answer as to what caused the crash.

On Saturday, Syaugi confirmed that one of the more than 100 divers involved in the search had died.

Lion Air's Boeing 737 Max 8 lost contact with the control tower 13 minutes after it took off from Jakarta airport for Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka.

On Oct. 31, a Lion Air spokesman told Bloomberg that pilots had reported an issue calculating airspeed during that Oct. 28 flight.

"This is a preventative measure.(The accident) is a very expensive lesson for us".

Mr Tjahjono has said 69 hours of recorded data from 19 flights, including the one that crashed, had been downloaded successfully from a partly damaged flight data recorder recovered on Thursday. This far, police have been able to identify 14 victims from the nearly 140 body bags of human remains retrieved from the Java Sea.

Founder and owner of Lion Air Rusdi Kirana bows in front of relatives of the victims in the crashed Lion Air jet during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 5, 2018.

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