Jakarta The joint search and rescue (SAR) team detected an object on the seabed supposedly of a large part of the Lion Air JT 610 that crashed into the sea, a SAR official stated here, Wednesday.
"Within the perimeter of todays search area, we have witnesses and sonar data that detect the presence of an object believed to be the target of the search operation," the agencys Director for Training and Preparedness Didi Hamzar stated.
Hamzar remarked that based on information obtained from witnesses and object detected by the sonar system, the agency will deploy a team of 100 divers at the site.
"We will make a confirmation on the detected object. We do not want to make a presumption," he added.
According to Hamzar, Indonesian Military Chief Air Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto and Basarnas Chief M. Syaugie visited the area aboard KRI Ngurah Rai to confirm the information.
Lion Airs B737-8 Max JT 610 flight crashed into the sea off Tanjung Karawang, West Java, 13 minutes after taking off from Cengkarengs Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 6:20 a.m. local time en route to Pangkalpinang in Bangka Belitung Province on Monday.
The ill-fated aircraft, with 188 people on board, departed from Jakarta at 6:20 a.m. local time and was scheduled to arrive in Pangkalpinang at 7:05 a.m. local time, according to the Depati Amir Airport authority in Pangkalpinang.
Before it lost contact, the aircraft had sought permission to return to Jakarta due to a problem.
The aircraft carried 178 adult passengers, three infants, six cabin crews, and two pilots.
Source: Antara News