Indonesia Widens Search For Victims Of Plane Crash, Second Black Box

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On Sunday, the authorities of Indonesia, extended the search for the victims a black box from the wreckage of a passenger jet by three days. The plane crashed last week, killing all of the 189 people on board.

At a news conference, Muhammad Syaugi, search and rescue agency (Basarnas) chief, stated: “We decided to extend it three days beginning on Monday.”

He told reporters that the decision was based on observations and an evaluation of the crash site. He noted that many of the remains of the victims had not yet been recovered.

As of Sunday, a total of 105 body bags, with only a few containing intact remains, had been recovered and turned over to the police for forensic identification. However, only seven of the victims had been identified.

Syaugi stated: “I’m sure the total will increase.”

The agency is concentrating on recovering human remains and the second black box, the cockpit voice recorder (CVR), from the wrecked near-new Boeing Co 737 MAX that crashed into the sea early on Monday, only 13 minutes after it took off from Jakarta.

The divers have been honing in on ping signals in their search for the second box, as the investigators attempt to get information from a partly damaged flight data recorder that was recovered last Thursday.

Syaugi stated: “The signal picked up by the ping locator has been followed by reliable divers but they haven’t found (it) yet.”

Syaugi said that the said device is believed to be approximately 50 metres from the main search area, where the water is just 30 metres deep, however, ocean currents and mud on the seabed that is more than one-metre deep have made search efforts more complicated.

The pilot of Lion Air flight JT610 had requested for and received permission to turn back to Jakarta, however, what went wrong continued to be a mystery.