Soerjanto Tjahjono mentioned that because of the small measurement of the particles discovered and lack of the aircraft’s engine blades, investigators decided that Flight 610 didn’t explode within the air, however was in “good condition” earlier than it crashed 13 minutes after takeoff on Monday, October 29.
Talking with victims’ households on Monday in Jakarta, Soerjanto mentioned there was a technical downside with the model new Boeing 737 MAX Eight plane on the day of the crash. He didn’t present additional particulars about the issue.
Authorities beforehand confirmed that the pilots flying the identical aircraft on one other route the day earlier than the crash had skilled technical points.
The affirmation of Flight 610’s situation comes as divers proceed to seek for the plane’s lacking cockpit voice recorder (CVR), generally generally known as a black field, which might assist investigators piece collectively the aircraft’s last moments earlier than it crashed, killing all 189 individuals on board.
Finding the cockpit voice recorder
The pinnacle of Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Company, Basarnas, mentioned Sunday that after initially listening to a “ping” from the CVR on Saturday, diving groups might now not hear a sign from the system.
“We checked that spot, positioned round 50 meters from the placement of discovering the primary black field. However we will not discover the CVR but,” Muhammad Syaugi mentioned.
In the meantime, the aircraft’s different black field, the flight information recorder, was positioned Thursday, and investigators mentioned it confirmed Flight 610 had carried out 19 flights — together with its last flight.
Six black field consultants from 4 completely different international locations are actually analyzing the flight information recorder to piece collectively the final moments of the brand new Boeing 737 earlier than it crashed.
Syaugi mentioned that the search operation had been prolonged and would proceed via Wednesday.
The main focus of constant efforts might be to get well further sufferer stays and to find the CVR, he mentioned.
Analysts say discovering the cockpit voice recorder is crucial if investigators are to find out whether or not the crash has implications for different airways collectively working 1000’s of Boeing 737 flights around the globe every day.
Pilot reported aircraft points
“After 10 minutes within the air the aircraft dropped as if it was shedding energy. Folks panicked. It dropped about 400 ft,” mentioned Gaharu, including that he had confirmed the peak of the drop on a flight-tracking web site. He mentioned the drop felt like falling into “a very, actually deep gap.”
Lion Air confirmed to CNN that the identical plane was used on that route, and Indonesian authorities confirmed that the pilot on the flight reported an issue with one of many aircraft’s devices.
Capt. Daniel Putut Kuncoro Adi, managing director of Lion Group, mentioned that every one info had been handed over to Indonesia’s Nationwide Transportation Security Fee, and he couldn’t reply any questions concerning the fault due to a nondisclosure settlement signed to accommodate the investigation.
The fast-moving currents and muddy waters of the crash web site within the Java Sea have hindered restoration efforts for the reason that aircraft got here down.
On Saturday, Syaugi confirmed that one of many greater than 100 divers concerned within the search had died.
Syahrul Anto, 48, was discovered unconscious Friday after his diving associate seen he had disappeared, mentioned Syaugi. He was instantly introduced again to shore and was attended by docs however Syaugi mentioned that “God had a unique plan.”
Anto was a certified, senior diver “who devoted his life for our nation,” Syaugi mentioned.
Syaugi, who’s liable for the diving crew, mentioned these concerned “are very certified divers, excellent divers, with lengthy expertise. They’re come from Navy particular process forces, from the police, from the Basarnas crew, and a few are volunteers from diving golf equipment.”
Masrur Jamaluddin reported from Jakarta. CNN’s Chandler Thornton, Helen Regan, Jo Shelley, Alex Stambaugh and Ivan Watson contributed to this report.