A rescue diver who has died during the salvage operation for the passenger jet that crashed off Indonesia that killed all 189 people on board has been recognised “a humanitarian hero.”
The 48-year-old diver had been looking for the bodies of the victims of the Lion Air flight, that crashed into the sea last Monday, 13 minutes after it took off from Jakarta.
Syachrul Anto had also been working as one of the main divers who were involved in the search for an Air Asia jet that crashed off Borneo 2014.
The reason behind his death is not yet clear.
The head of the search and rescue agency of Indonesia, Muhammad Syaugi, stated: “Deepest condolences for the passing of a humanitarian hero from the Indonesian diving rescue team.”
His death came as the operation continued to recover the human remains and shattered pieces of the brand new Boeing 737 MAX 8.
So far, 73 bodies have already been recovered, however, only four of the victims have been identified.
The search took place in around 100ft of water. It has been impeded ed by strong currents and nearby pipelines.
The divers have also been searching the seabed for the cockpit voice recorder after a “low ping signal” was discovered by a sonar locator.
The investigators are still attempting to retrieve the information from the damaged flight data recorder that was recovered last Thursday. It could potentially help in determining the cause of the disaster.
The pilot of Monday’s Lion Air flight JT-610 had requested for, and received the permission to turn back to Jakarta.
The plane is also reported to have experienced some difficulties during a previous flight on Sunday from Bali to Jakarta.
Lion Air has claimed that a technical problem was already fixed after the flight last Sunday.
The Lion Air crash is considered as the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997 when 234 people died on a Garuda flight near Medan.
In December 2014, an Air Asia flight from Surabaya to Singapore crashed into the sea. It killed all of the 162 passengers on board.
In 2007, Indonesian airlines were banned from flying to Europe due to safety concerns, even though several were allowed to resume its services in the following decade.
The ban was lifted completely last June. The United States also lifted a decade-long ban in 2016.
Lion Air is one of the newest airlines of Indonesia. However, it has grown rapidly, flying to various domestic and international destinations.