Search teams recover seats, wheels from Indonesia jet crash site

Divers see crashed Lion Air jet fuselage as 'ping' heard in search for black box

Divers see crashed Lion Air jet fuselage as 'ping' heard in search for black box

Lion Air denied that the plane was unfit to fly due to a technical problem that occurred on its previous flight from the Denpasar airport in Bali to Jakarta.

Indonesia's Tempo news website published a minute-by-minute summary of what it said were the conversations between air traffic control and the pilots of Monday's fatal flight, who reported a "flight control problem" and were unsure of their altitude.

The plane plummeted into the Java Sea on Monday, just 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta, with its wreckage later found 100ft underwater.

An investigator inspect debris from Lion Air flight JT 610 that crashed into the Java sea on Monday, at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Divers were searching a relatively shallow area about 25-35 metres deep, but have been finding fewer body parts than earlier in the week, he added.

Finding the main body of the aircraft, including the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder, would be a significant development for investigators, who are working to determine what caused the nearly new Boeing jet to crash in good weather about 13 minutes after it took off. It immediately commenced its flight service for the Lion Air on domestic routes.

The TV footage also displayed that another diver was removing the tail of the plane with a logo of "Lion" on it, while a landing gear, which was found a day earlier, was also winched by a crane to the surface.

The devices are built to withstand high-impact crashes, and the shattered box shows how violently the 737 Max jet plunged and broke into pieces.

"The now operating Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft have been inspected and we will continue to monitor and supervise closely, day by day, and if it is found to be significant we will do another inspection and ground them if needed".

President Joko Widodo encouraged rescuers to step the search for the dead, saying: 'I ask for you to use all your might, all the technology available, to work fast to find anything else'. Results of a preliminary investigation will be made public after 30 days, one official on the investigation team said.

A relative prays as she and others wait for news on their loved ones.

Lion Air, Indonesia's biggest budget carrier, has been involved in a number of incidents including a fatal 2004 crash.

"There's still a lot we need to improve", Air Transportation Director General Pramintohadi Sukarno said at a press conference on Saturday, referring to safety rules.

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