Evacuation operation of Lion Air JT 610 extended

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has extended the period of evacuation operation to find victims of Lion Air flight JT 610 that crashed in Tanjung Karawang waters on Oct 29, for three days.

“Today is the seventh day of the evacuation process. After having dialogs and talks with the team, we have decided to extend the operation for three days. Hopefully, this operation could be completed within the next three days,” M Syaugi, Basarnas chief, said here, Sunday.

The main focus of the operation is to evacuate the victims, and then to find the Cockpit Voice Record (CVR) black box by using a ping locator. The Basarnas divers found the Flight Data Record (FDR) black box last Thursday (Nov 1).

The team is also still trying to find the planes fuselage.

The Basarnas team has so far sent 105 body bags containing body parts, to the Police Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta.

The Polices DVI team has so far managed to identify seven victims and hand over their bodies to their respective families.

The crash of the Lion Air flight JT 610 plane on Oct 29, 2018, claimed all 189 people aboard.

The Boeings 737 MAX aircraft plunged into Tanjung Karawang waters in West Java Province, after some 15 minutes taking off from Jakarta en route to Tanjung Pinang, Bangka Belitung.

The aircraft carried 178 adult passengers, including an Italian national; three infants; six crew members; as well as an Indian pilot and an Indonesian co-pilot.

Among the passengers were tens of civil servants including 20 officers of the Finance Ministry, six legislators of Bangka Belitung, and three police officers.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) ordered the authority to tighten safety management for low-cost carriers (LCC) following the JT 610 plane crash.

Source: ANTARA News