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Possible seabed position of crashed Lion Air jet located

Possible seabed position of crashed Lion Air jet located

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.

The disaster has reignited concerns about safety in Indonesia's fast-growing aviation industry, which was recently removed from European Union and United States blacklists, and also raised doubts about the safety of Boeing's new generation 737 MAX 8 plane.

But he was stuck in unusually rough traffic on the Cikampek toll road in Jakarta early Monday and didn't make it to the airport until 6:30 a.m., about 10 minutes after the flight took off.

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

"The currents below the sea are still strong which makes it hard for divers, but they persistently faced it", he said.

Dozens of body bags containing remains have been recovered from the crash site so far.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo visited Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta to examine items in a pile of debris laid out on tarpaulins, from mangled seats and flight attendants' uniforms to bags and shoes. Television images showed divers tying ropes to twisted plane parts scattered along the sea floor.

On Thursday, one of the plane's black boxes, which airlines are required to install in jets, was recovered as well as parts of its landing gear.

Budi, who stopped short of grounding all new models, said the results of the inspections will be handed over to Indonesia's transport safety agency to help with the investigation into the crash of Flight JT610.

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A plane's black box records conversations of pilots, as well a monitors the mechanical systems and electronics of each flight.

The seafloor is just 30 m down, but strong currents and nearby energy pipelines have hampered the search for the aircraft operated by budget carrier Lion Air, which was heading for the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang when it crashed.

Two passengers from Sunday's flight posted on Instagram saying they had been concerned about problems with the air-conditioning system and cabin lighting before the plane left Bali almost three hours late. A disaster victim identification team had identified only one victim by Wednesday, a 24-year-old student from East Java, based on fingerprints and DNA samples.

The ministry on Wednesday ordered the airline to suspend its director for maintenance and the engineer who cleared the ill-fated for flying even after the pilots had reported technical issues during a trip a day before the crash.

The accident has also resurrected concerns about Indonesia's poor air safety record which until recently saw the country's carriers facing years-long bans from entering European Union and USA airspace.

Indonesia is one of the world's fastest-growing aviation markets but its safety record has been patchy.

We're not sure if the click was taken on JT610 or before the flight took off.

The Lion Air crash was "not the first" aviation trouble in Indonesia, he said. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 on board.