After the Lion Air flight carrying 189 passengers crashed into the sea on Monday morning, the search and rescue team happens to have found part of the body of a Lion Air plane, Indonesia’s military chief Wednesday told television channels. Indonesia has also deployed “pinger locators” to try to locate the plane’s blackboxes, as the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder are known, at the crash site.
The pilot, an Indian died in the crash, confirmed the Indian Embassy in Jakarta. Rescue officials also said that they are not expecting any survivors. Human remains, pieces of aircraft and personal belongings were retrieved by the rescuers in Java Sea. The flight that took off from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea minutes later.
President Joko Widodo ordered an investigation and urged Indonesians to “keep on praying.” An official of Indonesia’s safety transport committee said he could not confirm the cause of the crash, which would have to wait until the recovery of the plane’s black boxes, as the cockpit voice recorder and data flight recorder are known.