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Bride of Lion Air crash victim weds without a groom

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2018

Still photograph of Intan Indah Syari showing wedding ring | REUTERS

It was a day Intan Indah Syari had waited for 13 years, but instead of exchanging vows with her childhood friend and fiancé Dr. Rio Nanda Pratama, she was alone.

Pratama who was one of the 189 passengers onboard the doomed Lion Air flight JT 610 that crashed in the Java sea on October 29 never made it to the wedding.

Pratama’s father filed a lawsuit against Boeing Co in the Circuit Court of Cook County on Wednesday (November 14) alleging that a defect in the design of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft caused it to crash.

While the investigation on the reason of the crash is still ongoing Syari is trying to move on and wore her wedding gown on the day she was supposed to marry Pramata to say her final good-bye.

“I want him, who is now on the other side, to know that I’m happy,” Syari told Reuters in Jakarta. “This is my last respect for him.” — Reuters

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Petals and prayers: families of Lion Air crash victims sail to search site

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

 

A relative of Lion Air Jet crash victim scattering petals off the side of a ship into sea | REUTERS

Relatives of the victims of an Indonesian jet that crashed into the sea off Jakarta last week, killing all 189 on board, were taken by ship on Tuesday (November 6) to the site where their loved ones perished.

Tearful family members offered prayers and scattered petals overboard into the waters where Indonesian authorities are still searching for bodies and a second black box recorder — an effort that has involved 151 divers, five helicopters, 61 ships, ranging from fishing boats to ships with advanced sonar scanners, as well as underwater drones. One senior Indonesian diver died during the search on Friday (November 2).

Authorities announced on Sunday (November 4) that the search would be extended for three days. On Tuesday, 164 body bags containing human remains had been recovered and handed over to police for forensic identification, but only 27 victims identified.

Indonesian accident investigators said on Tuesday that an airspeed indicator of the doomed Boeing Co 737 MAX plane was damaged for its last four flights. It was not immediately clear whether the problem with the crashed jet stemmed from a mechanical or maintenance issue, and U.S. authorities responded cautiously to suggestions of fleet-wide checks.— Reuters

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Indonesia jet had damaged airspeed indicator on last four flights: official

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

 

An Indonesian National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) official carries debris from the Lion Air flight JT610 at in Jakarta, Indonesia. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said on Monday (November 5) an airspeed indicator of a Boeing Co. 737 MAX plane that crashed last week killing all 189 people on board was damaged for its last four flights.

The damage was revealed after data had been downloaded from the plane’s flight data recorder, KNKT chief Soerjanto Tjahjono told reporters.

He added that KNKT was asking Boeing and U.S. authorities what action to take to prevent similar problems on this type of plane around the world.

Authorities have yet to recover the jet’s cockpit voice recorder from the sea floor, just northeast of Jakarta, where the plane crashed 13 minutes into its flight.

The Lion Air crash was the first involving the type of plane, which airlines introduced into service last year.

Safety experts say it is too early to determine the cause of the crash on October 29 of the Lion Air flight from Jakarta to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang. — Reuters

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Indonesian searchers find black box from crashed jet on sea floor

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2018

 

Black Box from Lion Air jet in a glass container | REUTERS

Indonesian authorities on Thursday (November 1) retrieved a black box from a Lion Air jet that crashed and broke apart in shallow sea near the capital, Jakarta, this week, killing all 189 people on board.

“Hopefully, this can unveil the mystery behind the plane crash,” Indonesia’s transportation safety committee chief Soerjanto Tjahjono told a news conference at Jakarta’s main port after receiving the device, known as a black box.

The device should provide clues to what went wrong after the plane lost contact with ground staff just 13 minutes after taking off early on Monday (October 29) from Jakarta, on its way to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.

Indonesia’s transportation safety committee (KNKT) will analyze its data in Jakarta, which could take up to two weeks.

Searchers have yet to find the second black box containing recordings of cockpit conversations. Strong currents have hampered search efforts, complicated by the presence of energy pipelines in the area. — Reuters

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