Divers find flight recorder from crashed jet

Sangeeta Suneja mother of Bhavye Suneja a pilot of Lion Air flight JT610 leaves New Delhi for Jakarta

"The captain himself was confident enough to fly to Jakarta from Denpasar", Herson told Reuters.

Herson, chief of the airport authority for the Bali-Nusa Tenggara area, said that after the alert the pilot updated the control tower to say it was flying normally and he would not return to the airport after all.

"The Lion plane requested to return back to Bali five minutes after take-off, but then the pilot said the problem had been resolved and he was going to go ahead to Jakarta".

"Because of the pan-pan call, we were told to hold off, circling the airport in the air", said the pilot, referring to the name for calls pilots use to flag urgent situations.

The same Boeing 737 Max jet took off at 6:20 a.m. the next day, bound for Bangka island, off Sumatra, and plunged into the sea 13 minutes later.

Data from flight-tracking sites show the plane had erratic speed and altitude in the early minutes of a flight on Sunday and on its fatal flight on Monday.

The pilot of a Lion Air flight from Indonesia's Bali island on Sunday made a distress call minutes after take-off due to technical problems, but they were overcome and he pushed on to Jakarta.

Two passengers on the flight said there were issues with the air-conditioning system on the plane and the cabin lighting before the flight left for Jakarta three hours behind schedule.

It was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia in more than 20 years and renewed concerns about safety in its aviation industry, which was recently removed from European Union and USA blacklists.

Relatives of the missing have been looking through personal items recovered from the sea including rows of shoes, backpacks and wallets.

The airline is to meet a team from Boeing this morning to discuss the fate of its 737 MAX 8 plane.

Officials displayed one of the jet's two flight recorders at a news conference Thursday evening, later confirmed to be the flight data recorder, and said they would immediately attempt to download information and begin an analysis.

But the damage suffered by the device reflected the severity of the impact, said investigators, adding that they did not yet know which of the black boxes, housed at opposite ends of the plane, it came from.

Searchers have been hearing a "ping" sound from the device for two days but strong currents in the area have hampered recovery efforts. The downloading of the data will take three weeks.

Hopes are fading of finding a large section of fuselage intact, with easily retrievable bodies inside.

The budget airline's CEO, Edward Sirait, said earlier this week that a technical problem had occurred on the Denpasar-Jakarta flight but that it had been resolved "according to procedure".

Relatives of 24-year-old Jannatun Cintya Dewi, whose remains were identified Wednesday, carried her body in a coffin covered in green cloth along a road in an East Java district to the burial place, followed by dozens of people in a solemn procession.

Ningsi Ayorbaba weeps as she await news of her husband Paul Ferdinan Ayorbaba, a victim of Lion Air flight JT610.

Partially as a result of the Air France crash, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in recent years revamped pilot training for how to handle unusual speeds and cases in which the plane goes out of control.

The latest discovery came just hours after investigators found one of the "black box" flight recorders from Lion Air flight JT610.

Lion Air's only other fatal accident was in 2004 when an MD-82 crashed upon landing at Solo City, killing 25 of the 163 people on board, according to the Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network.

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