The catastrophe in Indonesia: the Boeing had problems with speed

The catastrophe in Indonesia: the Boeing had problems with speed

The catastrophe in Indonesia: the Boeing had problems with speed

Divers have located a "black box" from Lion Air flight JT610, which crashed into the Java Sea earlier this week with 189 people aboard, offering a critical piece of evidence in the investigation into what caused the disaster.

The almost-new Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed into waters around Indonesia just 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta on Monday morning.

Indonesia's Transport Ministry has ordered a review of all low-priced airlines in the country and suspended staff linked to the Lion Air flight that crashed on Monday killing the 189 people aboard.

Representatives with the USA -based aviation company were flying to Indonesia Wednesday to meet with officials with budget airline Lion Air, which has ordered 50 of the new 737 MAX 8 planes at a cost of $6.2 billion.

Boeing and US National Transportation Safety Board officials have joined the Indonesian team in sifting through twisted metal plane parts and piles of passengers' torn clothing, shoes, wallets and phones.

Lion Air Group chief executive Edward Sirait said the airline could not comment further at this time.

"What is important for us is to get more information about the victims because having their remains back is important for us so we can bury them properly", said Ade Inyo, whose brother-in-law was on the flight.

One day before a Lion Air plane crashed into the sea, the pilot flying it made a distress call minutes after take off. 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. Divers are narrowing the search to an area believed to be the main wreckage of the plane that carried 189 people on board.

Besides aircraft parts and passengers' belongings, body parts have also been recovered from the crash site, but as of late Wednesday, only one passenger had been identified.

The location of the plane's "black box" flight data recorder has been identified, he said, but strong currents prevented it from being recovered.

Investigators are looking into why the pilot of the downed aircraft had asked to return to base shortly after take-off, a request that ground control officials had granted, although the flight crashed soon after.

Boeing experts were expected to arrive in Indonesia on Wednesday and Lion Air has said an "intense" internal investigation is under way in addition to the probe by safety regulators.

An advisory yesterday said the ban related to Lion Air and subsidiaries that operate outside Australia.

Lion Air has confirmed that the aircraft had a "technical problem" on the previous flight, "which had been resolved according to the procedure".

Chilling video of passengers boarding Lion Air's fatal Flight 610 has been broadcast on Indonesian TV.

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