"Pilots were very amusing, very smart, very nice guys" - Lion Air boss

Crashed Lion Air jet 'found'

Indonesia stepped up a hunt for the black box of a crashed Boeing Co. jet after four days of scouring the sea only yielded a damaged flight data recorder, prolonging the mystery on what could have downed the Lion Air plane.

Later that morning at around 9am, she heard news of a Lion Air flight that had crashed while en route to Pangkal Pinang, the same island where her husband was headed.

Members of Indonesia's coast guard remove debris and belongings recovered from the waters near where a Lion Air passenger jet is suspected to have crashed, at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta on Monday. "As the plane readied for take-off, the engine seemed to die several times", she said.

The CVR is now the focus of search efforts at the crash site in waters off Karawang regency in West Java, said Indonesian navy Colonel Johan Wahyudi, who heads the team of divers in the operation.

The black boxes, containing a flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, could shed light on what was happening on the aircraft during its last minutes of flight.

"We will use the equipment "ping finder", because the black box emits a high pitched noise at the frequency of 390-kilohertz", explained an official. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board says sophisticated computer and audio equipment is used to extract and translate the data into an understandable format.

The body of the Lion Air jet that crashed soon after taking off on Monday has likely been found in the Java Sea.

Black box data helps explain almost 90 per cent of all crashes, according to aviation experts.

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Data from the doomed flight shows the plane was struggling with erratic speed and altitude levels during the brief time it was in the sky.

The problems with the earlier flight were reported and Lion Air said they were fixed.

"I keep praying for a miracle although logically, the plane has sunk in the ocean", said Toni Priyono Adhi, whose daughter was on the flight.

Indonesia has now ordered the inspection of all Boeing 737-MAX airliners as rescue teams recovered more human remains and wreckage from the brand new jet that plunged into the sea. We're still hoping for the best because there hasn't been an official statement from Lion Air.

The crash is the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea in December 2014, killing all 162 on board. The ban was completely lifted in June.

"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".

Founded in 1999, Lion Air is Indonesia's largest low-priced airline and has had half a dozen non-fatal accidents and one fatal accident, which occurred in 2004 in the city of Solo, leaving 25 people dead. Between 2005 and 2017, local Airlie traffic grew to 97 million, which is more than triple its size.

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