JAKARTA, Indonesia – Lion Air has been instructed to stop the Technical Director and other personnel until an investigation into the crash of a new person is pending
Jetliner in the Java Sea, which has killed 189 people.
Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, who had ordered the suspensions, told reporters on Wednesday that the technical director of low-cost airlines, Muhammad Asif, along with technicians and other clearing technicians will replace the jet for flying Flight 610 crashed shortly after launch on Monday.
The suspensions come in the cockpit as potentially flawed or misleading cockpit airspeeds as the first point of contact for security experts involved in the crash, according to industry officials investigating the investigation.
Mr. Sumadi said that Lion Air will face sanctions until the investigation results. Ministry spokesman Baitul Ihwan said the suspension was suspended because "the investigation requires their attention."
Search at Sea
The new model of the Boeing 737 was missing shortly after the launch from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang.
A Lion Air spokesman confirmed the suspension of Mr. Asif, who was responsible for Lion Air's maintenance work. He could not confirm if other employees had been suspended.
The Indonesian Navy said one of its ships had discovered a "very large" object that was thought to be on the seabed as part of the fuselage of the aircraft. Air crash investigators said they were evaluating noises that could be sent from the plane's black box data recorders.
Didi Hamzar, a director of the Search and Rescue Authority of Indonesia, said Wednesday that teams using sonar had discovered an object that was presumably the plane and about 100 divers had been deployed into the area.
Divers Returning to a Ship In the afternoon there was a strong current and poor visibility under water caused by sediments in the water and overcast skies.
Search teams have concentrated their search for the jet – a Boeing 737 Max 8 delivered to Lion Air in August – near a debris field off the north coast of Java. They have salvaged human remains as well as personal belongings and small, broken parts of the aircraft.
In a port near the capital, search workers have spread collected items on tarpaulins and sorted them into groups of shoes, bags and other parts
The loss of Lion Air Flight 610 was the first serious accident of the Boeing 737 Max 8 , a new twist on the company's popular single-aisle 737. Air traffic controllers lost contact with flight 610 Jakarta's main airport for Pangkal Pinang, a city on the island of Bangka, shortly after take-off. The Department of Transportation said pilots had asked to return to Jakarta airport before they disappeared from radar.
Investigators questioned Lion Air about a problem the jet had on a Sunday flight from Bali to Jakarta. The airline has said that the plane had a "technical problem" that was fixed before the deadly flight.
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Data collected by Flightradar24, a flight-tracking network, indicated that the aircraft may have had unpredictable speed and altitude information in both the crashed and the previous flight, including a difference in altitude that a pilot described as unusual.
The Boeing spokesman declined to comment on the company's earlier statement that it provided technical support to the investigation and addressed questions to the Indonesian authorities.
The Department of Transportation ordered that the two Indonesian airlines with the Boeing 737 Max 8, Lion Air and the airline
To report on repetitive issues and explain all the procedures they use to correct them.
The planes are not grounded and will remain in service, said Pramintohadi, the acting director general of aviation, to reporters on Tuesday. He said the crashed plane was capable of flight and safe to fly.
Lion Air, officially known as PT Lion Mentari Airlines, is one of the largest budget airlines in Asia. It has an inconsistent safety record. In April 2013, a new Boeing crashed shortly before the runway on the holiday island of Bali in shallow water. All 108 passengers and crew were rescued. The crash was accused of the mistake of the pilot.
The rescuers say they found debris and body parts off the coast of Jakarta at the presumed spot where an Indonesian jetliner carrying 189 people was carried, just minutes after takeoff. Photo: Getty Images
Indonesia has a long history of aviation disasters, and its porters have been tied to flights to the US and Europe for many years for safety reasons. The last restrictions on Indonesian airlines were lifted in June of this year.
– Joko Hariyanto, Gaurav Raghuvanshi and Andy Pasztor contributed to this article.
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