JAKARTA – Search teams on Wednesday detected signals possibly from a black box of the crashed Indonesian Lion Air plane, Xinhua news agency quoted a rescue official as saying.
Indonesia Research and Technology Agency’s Marine Survey Technology head, M. Ilyas said the agency’s ship, Baruna Jaya I, had detected signals from the suspected black box of Lion Air JT 610 plane which crashed into the sea off Karawang in Indonesia’s West Java province Monday morning.
The official said a remotely operated vehicle had been released to locate the visual object from where the signals came from.
He added that three objects were also detected around the ship, strongly believed to be related to the plane’s fuselage and black box.
The plane was enroute to the city of Pangkal Pinang with 189 people onboard when it was reported missing about 6:30am local time Monday (2330 GMT Sunday).
It was believed to have crashed 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
All 189 are feared dead as only body parts and plane debris have been found so far in the waters off the province’s Karawang regency.