Indonesian divers have found the main wreckage of Lion Air Flight 610 that crashed Monday killing all 189 aboard, and also say they can hear the signal from the aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder [CVR].
Speaking with media the head of Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency Muhammad Syaugi said that the “ping” [from the CVR] is quite weak, but it is close to one of the search vessels.
The Lion Air Flight Data Recorder (FDR) was located on Thursday, but investigators told media that they have not yet been able to extract any information from it.
According to CNN “more than 100 divers are currently working in different zones conducting various searches”.
CNN said that “fast-moving currents and muddy waters of the crash site in the Java Sea have hindered recovery efforts since the plane came down Monday shortly after taking off from Jakarta.”
Tragically those difficult conditions have claimed the life of one of the divers.
Syahrul Anto, 48, was found dead Friday after he disappeared, said Syaugi.
Anto was a qualified, senior diver “who devoted his life for our country.”
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is assisting the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Commission with the reading of the FDR and after cleaning it up hope to download data today.
Earlier it was revealed that Lion Air dispatched one of its engineers on the fatal flight that crashed Monday.
According to Aviation Herald, “the airline confirmed one of their maintenance engineers was on board the aircraft during the accident flight. This was an “anticipatory measure” in the event of technical problems with the new aircraft. As such, “the presence of the technician has nothing to do with the condition of the aircraft before taking off.”
While the airline waters down the condition of the aircraft before take-off the coincidence is too great for several airline safety analysts who tell AirlineRatings.com say the two are “definitely linked.”
.@GeoffreyT_Air: We've learnt that Lion Air had dispatched a maintenance engineer on the fatal flight. They say it's not related to the problems this plane is having, but that is far too much of a coincidence.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) November 3, 2018
Separately, however, the videos and pictures that are circulating the Internet claiming to show the accident flight from a passenger’s perspective are false and relates to another Lion Air flight JT-353 from Jakarta to Padang which encountered turbulence some time ago.
And the Indonesian transport ministry says it has found faults in two other Boeing 737-MAX 8 jets, including a cockpit indicator display problem which may be similar to one reported in the crashed flight.
However, aviation safety experts say these faults are insignificant.