Indonesia military chief believes fuselage of crashed Lion Air plane located

Pieces of wreckage believed to be from the Lion Air aircraft

With the now nearly certain prospect of all on board having died, the crash is set to rank as the country's second-worst air disaster.

The flight data recorder was greeted at the Jakarta International Container Terminal by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Soerjanto Tjahjono, the head of Indonesia's transport safety committee (KNKT).

Special ships and remotely operated underwater vehicles had been deployed following Monday's crash to search for the plane's hull and flight recorders.

Divers have been finding bodies of passengers still strapped into their seats amid debris on the seafloor from the Lion Air jet that crashed Monday, an official of the Indonesian search and rescue team said Thursday.

Body parts, debris and personal belongings have already been collected from the water, and body bags are being taken to Jakarta for identification.

A telegram from the National Search and Rescue Agency to the air force has requested assistance with the search.

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The agency says rescuers expanded their search to 15 nautical miles from the crash site in the Java Sea.

The discovery of the so-called black box will form a crucial piece of the investigation into why the Lion Air flight crashed.

The authorities are trying to identify them. It would also detail any system failures.

A tent has been set up next to the hospital building and a middle age woman and a teenager sat together, sobbing and comforting each other.

Shortly after JT610's takeoff early Monday morning, the flight crew asked to return to the airport, but minutes later, it suddenly lost altitude and crashed into the sea.

No distress signal was received from the aircraft's emergency transmitter.

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Lion Air chief executive Edward Sirait said on Tuesday that the plane had had technical problems, but had been repaired before being allowed to fly again. The pilot and co-pilot had 11,000 hours of flying time between them, it said.

It has had issues of safety and poor management in the past and was banned from flying into European airspace until 2016.

Boeing suspended release of the fuel-efficient 737 MAX just days before its first commercial delivery previous year due to an issue with engines.

The messaging app's timestamp showed the video was sent about 35 minutes before the plane took off, said Ayorbaba, who first saw the message at 6:30 a.m., some 10 minutes after the plane departed, and then went back to sleep. "From a long way off, it was already leaning", said Gauk, a fisherman who uses one name.

Lion Air, a discount carrier, is one of Indonesia's youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and global destinations.

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