JAKARTA (Xinhua) – Search and rescue personnel, working through the night to find victims of the Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia, sent 24 body bags to identification experts.
The Boeing 737 Max 8 plane with 189 people, including 181 passengers and eight crew members, crashed into sea off western Indonesia, killing all the passengers.
The aircraft was shattered due to its severe impact with sea surface after it dived at rapid speed, allegedly from 3,000-feet height, making it break into pieces.
The National Search and Rescue Agency said yesterday that 10 intact bodies as well as body parts had been recovered.
President Joko Widodo had ordered the search and rescue effort to continue through the night.
The agency’s operation director Bambang Suryo Aji dismissed allegation that the plane exploded in the sky as there has been no burnt sign from parts of plane and bodies found floating around the crash site.
Meanwhile, divers have also located two black boxes – the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder – of the ill-fated aircraft.
The aircraft with flight number of IT610 bound for Pangkal Pinang left the Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta at 6:10 am local time on Monday.
It went down off Karawang of Indonesia’s West Java province shortly after take off.
The plane had requested the air traffic control to return to base before disappearing from radar.