US expresses condolence for Indonesian plane crash victims


Today, November 1, from the bottom of the Java sea lifted the plane's flight recorder Boeing 737 Indonesian airline Lion Air that crashed with 189 people on Board on October 29 after a few minutes after departure from the airport.

Search and rescue personnel worked through the night to find victims of the Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia, sending 24 body bags to identification experts as the airline flew dozens of grieving relatives to the country's capital.

The black box could provide clues to what happened after the two-month-old plane lost contact with ground staff just 13 minutes after taking off early on Monday from Jakarta, on its way to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.

There is no ban or suspension of Lion Air flight operations in Malaysia following a crash involving the airline's aircraft in Indonesia on Monday, Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said.

"Based on the presentation of the head of the National Search and Rescue Agency, the coordinates of the suspected body of the aircraft have been found".

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

Crews have been scouring the Java Sea for the plane's fuselage and recorders, as so many questions remain unresolved.

Lion Air confirmed the plane suffered a technical issue on Sunday, but stated the problems had been "resolved according to procedure".

Boeing Co. experts were expected to arrive in Indonesia on Wednesday and Lion Air has said an "intense" internal investigation is underway in addition to the probe by safety regulators. The request was approved, but the plane crashed 11 minutes later.

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The recovery of the black box - which monitor plane's electronics and mechanical systems as well as record the words of the pilots - is the first step toward unraveling the mystery behind the nearly new aircraft's dive into the shallow waters of the sea.

Lion Air is one of Indonesia's youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and worldwide destinations.

Lion Air has ordered 50 of the MAX 8 planes and one of its subsidiary airlines was the first to operate the new generation jet past year.

Shortly after Lion Air Flight 610 took off on Monday, its pilot, Bhavye Suneja, asked to turn back, seemingly because he knew something was wrong.

The aircraft's fuselage and flight data recorders are yet to be recovered.

Lion Air pilots reported a technical problem with the same plane just the day before yesterday's fatal crash.

The crash is the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea in December 2014, killing all 162 on board.

It has had issues of safety and poor management in the past and was banned from flying into European airspace until 2016.