Indonesia expands the scope of search and rescue for crashed aircraft and the location of fuselage and black box is unknown.

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 Indonesia expands the scope of search and rescue for crashed aircraft and the location of fuselage and black box is unknown.


Xinhua News Agency, Jakarta, October 30 - Indonesias National Search and Rescue Administration said on the 30th that in order to speed up the search and rescue progress and improve the efficiency of search and rescue, Indonesia decided to expand the search and rescue of the crashed Lion Airlines passenger plane.

Indonesias National Search and Rescue Administration official Didi Hamzar said at a news conference that afternoon that as more people and ships joined the search and rescue operation, the National Search and Rescue Administration decided to expand the search and rescue radius from the previous 5 nautical miles to 10 nautical miles, based on wind direction on the sea surface and ocean current measurements.

Didi said that more victims were trapped in the cabin, and search and rescue personnel were trying to locate the fuselage.

More than 800 search and rescue personnel, 35 ships and three helicopters were deployed by the Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency in conjunction with the Indonesian military and police in 13 priority areas. Some ships are equipped with multi-beam sounders, side-scan sonar and remote-controlled underwater vehicles, and ships carry acoustic locators capable of detecting black box signals and locations.

In a separate meeting held on the same day, Indonesias National Traffic Safety Commission investigator, Oni Sulyo Vibovo, said time was needed to investigate the cause of the accident because of limited information available and the lack of black boxes for recording flight data and cockpit voice data. Ernie added that 10 technicians from Boeing will arrive in Indonesia on the 31 day to take part in the accident investigation.

Xinhua News Agency reporters at the scene of the search and rescue learned that search and rescue personnel salvaged 26 bags of incomplete victims and more aircraft wreckage that day. Search and rescue personnel have picked up passengers belongings in order to assist in identification. The plane took off from Jakarta at 6:20 a.m. local time on the 29th to Penang, the capital of Bangkabury Cave province, but lost contact with the ground 13 minutes after taking off. The plane was subsequently confirmed to have crashed into the sea. There are 181 passengers and 8 crew members on board. Lion Airlines is Indonesias private airline, mainly to fly low-cost flights, but also one of Indonesias largest airlines. In April 13, 2013, a lion airliner crashed into the sea when it landed in Bali Island, resulting in dozens of injuries. Source: Xinhua editor: Qiao Jing _NN6607

Xinhua News Agency reporters at the scene of the search and rescue learned that search and rescue personnel salvaged 26 bags of incomplete victims and more aircraft wreckage that day. Search and rescue personnel have picked up passengers belongings in order to assist in identification.

The plane took off from Jakarta at 6:20 a.m. local time on the 29th to Penang, the capital of Bangkabury Cave province, but lost contact with the ground 13 minutes after taking off. The plane was subsequently confirmed to have crashed into the sea. There are 181 passengers and 8 crew members on board.

Lion Airlines is Indonesias private airline, mainly to fly low-cost flights, but also one of Indonesias largest airlines. In April 13, 2013, a lion airliner crashed into the sea when it landed in Bali Island, resulting in dozens of injuries.