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Crashed Indonesian plane’s black box recovered: local reports

Indonesian television networks reported Thursday that the black box of the Indonesian aircraft that crashed into the sea off Jakarta on Monday has been recovered.

Indonesian authorities have yet to confirm the retrieval of the equipment, which contains the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder.

(Wreckage believed to be from the crash of Lion Air Flight 610 is seen at a port in Jakarta on Oct. 29, 2018)

Also Thursday, the government, in a letter sent to the budget airline, ordered the suspension of its director of maintenance and engineering in the wake of the crash of Flight JT610 with nearly 190 people on board.

Pramintohadi, acting director general of transportation at the Transportation Ministry, said in a statement that three of the airline’s air operation personnel also had their licenses suspended for 120 days.

The director and the air operation personnel — the quality control manager, fleet maintenance manager and release engineer — are required to help the ongoing investigation into the crash, according to the ministry official.

The suspensions came one day after the ministry ordered the suspension of the airline’s technical director.

The almost new Boeing 737 MAX 8 went down in the Java Sea shortly after taking off from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Monday morning with 189 passengers and crew on board. No survivors are expected to be found.

All — Kyodo News+

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