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>> Divers in Indonesia fished wreckage from doomed Lion Air Flight JT610 on Tuesday including wallets, bags, and papers over the 189 passengers who were onboard when it crashed. It's now almost certain that no one survived. That would make this crash Indonesia's second worst air disaster ever. Indonesian transport officials now say the plane had technical problems on its previous flight on Sunday, including unreliable readings of its air speed.
Underwater beacons have been deployed to trace the flight's black box recorders. It's hoped that they may shed light on why an almost new Boeing 737 Max aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff. Ground staff lost contact with the plane after 30 minutes. It then plunged into the sea and sank.
Two fishermen who saw the crash from their boat at sea told Reuters the plane swayed slightly but made no noise as it fell, descending almost horizontally with its nose slightly down. They said there was an explosive sound as it plunged into the sea and then a column of smoke.
No distress signal was received from the aircraft’s emergency transmitter before the crash, but the pilot had asked to return to base after take off. Investigators are trying to determine why. On Monday, Boeing and US transport officials said they were providing assistance in the probe. The accident is the first to be reported involving Boeing's latest version of its 737 jet