New details highlight Lion Air jet's problems before crash

Divers In Indonesia Find Crashed Airliner's 'Black Box'

Indonesian divers on Friday resumed a search for a second black box amid the sunken wreckage of a almost new aircraft that slammed into the sea off Jakarta this week, killing all 189 people on board.

It was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia in more than two decades and renewed concerns about safety in its fast-growing aviation industry, which was recently removed from European Union and USA blacklists.

But the damage suffered by the device reflected the severity of the impact, said investigators, adding that they did not yet know which of the black boxes, housed at opposite ends of the plane, it came from.

Efforts are now focused on retrieving the second of the two black boxes, as the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder are known, the head of Indonesia's transport safety panel said.

The sea is only 30 m deep at the crash site but strong currents and nearby energy pipelines have hampered the search for the aircraft operated by the budget carrier.

While no information has been released yet as to why the brand-new plane crashed into the sea 13 minutes after takeoff, FlightRadar24 has published data that shows the plane behaving erratically during takeoff. Shortly after takeoff, pilots received almost simultaneous cockpit warnings that they were going too fast, too slow and too close to the ground, according to the investigation.

Navy Col. Monang Sitompul told local TV an object believed to be part of the aircraft's fuselage was also seen on the seafloor.

Under normal conditions, the data should only take two hours to download, said Satmiko, although analysing it could take several weeks.

Results of a preliminary investigation will be made public after 30 days, one panel official said.

"What is important for us is to get more information about the victims because having their remains back is important for us so we can bury them properly", said Ade Inyo, whose brother-in-law was on the flight.

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Relatives of 24-year-old Jannatun Cintya Dewi, whose remains were identified Wednesday, carried her body in a coffin covered in green cloth along a road in an East Java district to the burial place, followed by dozens of people in a solemn procession.

He told the USA news outlet the plane felt as if it was "struggling to ascend" before it suddenly dropped "as if it was losing power". It is a small discount airline based in Indonesia.

It will now be subjected to more intensive "on ramp" inspections than other airlines, authorities said.

President Joko Widodo, visiting the search operation's headquarters at Jakarta's port, thanked rescue officials and the military involved and appealed for them to step up the search.

The country's second-deadliest air disaster since 1997 has renewed concern about Indonesia's patchy aviation safety record. It will reportedly be examined by the National Transportation Safety Committee.

Herson, chief of the airport authority for the Bali-Nusa Tenggara area, saidthat after the initial call on Sunday, the pilot updated the control tower to say that the plane was flying normally and he would not return to the airport as requested.

But according to the transport safety committee, the plane had technical problems on its previous flight on Sunday, from the city of Denpasar on the resort island of Bali, including an issue over "unreliable airspeed".

The problem was hard to detect and occurred simultaneously with other control issues, said the pilot, who asked not to be named because he wasn't authorized to speak by his airline.

The government has vowed "strict sanctions" on Lion Air if a probe by the safety board proves negligence on the part of the airline, the ministry said on Oct 31.

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