Lion Air crash: 'Ping' getting clearer in hunt for jet's black box

Lion Air crash: 'Ping' getting clearer in hunt for jet's black box

Lion Air crash black box hunt
Indonesian search and rescue members conduct search operations for victims and the flight data recorder from ill-fated Lion Air flight JT610, in the sea north of Karawang in West Java on Oct 31, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Adek Berry)

JAKARTA: A "ping" sound believed to be emitted by the black box of an Indonesian jet that crashed into the sea this week with 189 aboard is getting clearer, the deputy of a national transport safety committee said on Thursday (Nov 1). 

Ground staff lost touch with flight JT610 of budget airline Lion Air 13 minutes after the Boeing 737 MAX 8 took off early on Monday from Jakarta, on its way to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang. There were no survivors.

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"The ping sound is clearer," Haryo Satmiko, deputy chairman of the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), told Reuters.

"We've deployed a remote operating vehicle and detected a large chunk on the bottom of the sea. We suspect that is a part of the plane's body."

A team of divers had gone down since 5am to map the area where the black box is thought to be, he added, describing sea conditions as normal.

Source: Reuters/hs