Massive search efforts identified the potential position of the downed Lion Air aircraft on the seafloor, said the Indonesian military chief on Wednesday, when experts had the grim task of identifying dozens of body parts from a 15 nautical mile search area.  The two-month-old Boeing plane crashed into the Java Sea a few minutes after launching from Jakarta on Monday. All 189 people were killed on board.
"Based on the presentation of the head of the National Search and Rescue Agency, who found coordinates of the suspected aircraft bodies, we will send a team there to confirm this," said army chief Hadi Tjahjanto.
The disaster has erased concern over the safety of Indonesia's recent growth in the aviation industry, sparked off blacklists by the European Union and the US, and cast doubt on the safety of Boeing's new 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
Experts from the Boeing Co. are expected to arrive on Wednesday and Lion in Indonesia Air has said that an "intensive" internal investigation in addition to the probe is underway by safety regulators.
Finding the fuselage brings the search effort closer to locating the flight recorders of the aircraft, which are critical to the accident investigation.
Data from air traffic controllers indicate that the aircraft had unpredictable speed and altitude in the early minutes of a flight on Sunday and its deadly flight on Monday. However, security experts point out that the data must be checked for accuracy using the "black boxes" of the aircraft, which officials are convinced will be restored.
The passengers of the Sunday flight from Bali to Jakarta have reported problems that are a late start to an engine check and fearsome departures in the first 1
Lion Air has reported maintenance of the aircraft after the Sunday flight and resolved an issue that was not stated.
Officials said the ceaseless search efforts sent 48 body bags of human remains to police identification experts.
Dreaded family members have provided samples for DNA testing, and the police report that results are expected within 4-8 days. 19659002] Lion Air's President Edward Sirait told The Associated Press that the timing of a meeting with Boeing experts is still uncertain. Daniel Putut, a Lion Air executive, said on Tuesday evening that the airline hopes to meet with Boeing officials on Wednesday afternoon.
"Of course, there are many things we will ask them, we all have question marks here." Why? What's up with this new plane? "Putut said."
The Indonesian Ministry of Transport has called for inspection of all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operated by Lion Air and national airline Garuda, which has fifty of the estimated $ 6.2 billion in jets Dollar orders and currently operates nine.
Boeing declined to comment on possible inspections worldwide.
The aircraft manufacturer told airlines in a bulletin, "Boeing does not recommend any operator action" At this time, "according to two people, who are familiar with the matter.
The crash is the worst air disaster in Indonesia since an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore in December 2014 plunged into the sea and all 162 were killed on board.  Indonesian airlines were not allowed to fly to Europe in 2007 for security reasons. Some airlines were allowed to resume their services in the following decade. The ban was completely lifted in June. The United States lifted a decadong ban in 2016.
Lion Air, a discount airline, is one of Indonesia's youngest and largest airlines and flies to dozens of domestic and international destinations. In Southeast Asia, a fast-growing region with more than 600 million inhabitants, it expanded aggressively.
AP journalists Andi Jatmiko in Jakarta, Indonesia and David Koenig in Dallas contributed to the report. 19659022]