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Two days ago, I wrote about a Lion Air 737 Max 8 aircraft that crashed into the Java Sea less than 15 minutes after. In the days that followed, some human remains and pieces of the aircraft were recovered. Search and Recovery crews searched around the clock to find the wreckage.
A major development occurred today as many outlets are reporting that distinctive pings from the aircraft’s underwater acoustic beacon have been detected. Here is an excerpt from Soejanto Tjahjono, head of the National Transportation Safety Committee, via NBC News: Underwater pings from its “black box” have been detected and divers are trying to locate it in the Java Sea.
According to the Jakarta Post, KR Baruna Jaya I, a research vessel owned and operated by the Assessment and Application of Technology Agency), has picked up a signal believed to be from the black box of the Lion Air flight JT610 that crashed on Monday.
This a huge development in the search for JT610.
The aircraft had maintenance performed on it the night before it crashed. Also on Wednesday, Lion Air fired Muhammad Asif, the director who approved the maintenance actions. The firing occurred at the request of Indonesia’s transport minister.
Once the aircraft is recovered, the National Transportation Safety Committee stated that it could take 4-6 months to produce a final accident report.