Indonesian Rescuers Detect 'Ping,' Believe They've Located Crashed Plane

Divers In Indonesia Find Crashed Airliner's 'Black Box'

Authorities have been searching for the downed jet's location in water some 30-40 meters (100-130 feet) deep in the hopes of also finding flight data recorders expected to be crucial to the crash investigation.

The plane enroute to the city of Pangkal Pinang with 189 people on board was reported missing at around 6:30 a.m. local time Monday (2330 GMT Sunday), and was believed to have crashed 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta global airport.

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

"We strongly believe that we have found a part of the fuselage", armed forces chief Hadi Tjahjanto told broadcaster TV One.

Safety experts caution, however, that the data must be checked for accuracy against the flight data recorder. It was displayed inside a clear container submerged in water to prevent damage from rapidly drying out.

"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.

The data it holds should provide clues to what went wrong.

. The search for the cockpit voice recorder continues. It will reportedly be examined by the National Transportation Safety Committee.

The steel-encased memory unit of the recovered flight recorder had separated from its base plate, showing the plane hit the sea at tremendous speed, he said.

"They are scattered everywhere, and some may have been swept away by the currents".

Relatives wait for the identification process of the victims at the main police hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Her father and others knelt by the grave, which was sprinkled with red, white and yellow flowers, and prayed.

U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigators including from Boeing visited the Jakarta port on Thursday and picked through debris collected from the sea including pieces of aircraft and passenger belongings.

The unnamed pilot made an urgent "Pan-Pan" call to signal technical problems with the aircraft, and requested to return to the airport. Then is could take as long as six months for all of the data to be properly analyzed by flight safety experts.

The aircraft suffered a technical problem on a flight from the resort island of Bali to Jakarta on Sunday night but it was "resolved according to procedure", Edward Sirait, chief executive of Lion Air Group, told reporters.

The single-aisle Boeing plane, which was on its way from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang city, is one of the world's newest and most advanced commercial passenger jets.

The pilot of another plane approaching Bali just after the Lion Air jet had taken off said he was ordered to circle above the airport and listened to a radio conversation between the Lion Air pilot and air traffic controllers.

"That should show how the aircraft and pilots actually behaved", Fan said.

The management of low-priced carrier Lion Air announced that it had dismissed Muhammad Asif, who previously served as the company's technical director.

Two passengers from Sunday's flight posted on Instagram reporting they had been concerned about problems with the air conditioning system and cabin lighting before the plane left Bali almost three hours late. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 on board.

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