Indonesia to issue preliminary Lion Air crash report in late November

An Indonesian policeman holds wreckage recovered from LionAir flight JT610 which crashed into the sea at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Jakarta, Indonesia Nov 12, 2018, 04.20 PM (IST)

Indonesia will issue a preliminary report on Nov. 28 or 29 on its investigation into the crash of a Lion Air plane that killed 189 people on board, Soerjanto Tjahjono, head of the transportation safety committee (KNKT), said on Monday.

"One month after the accident, KNKT will issue a preliminary report and we will publish it over the internet," he told a news conference in Jakarta.

KNKT was still looking for the cockpit voice recorder from the Boeing 737 MAX, he said.

The agency has already downloaded information from the flight data recorder which was found a few days after the October 29 crash.

Indonesia authorities said on Saturday they had stopped the search for victims of a plane crash that killed all 189 people on board, but would keep looking for the Lion Air flight's second black box, the cockpit voice recorder.

"There is nowhere left to search and we have stopped finding victims' bodies," Muhammad Syaugi, the head of the national search and rescue agency (Basarnas) told media. "We will limit our operations to monitoring."

The nearly new Boeing Co. 737 MAX passenger plane crashed into the sea on October 29 just minutes after taking off from Jakarta en route to Bangka island near Sumatra.

Syaugi said 196 body bags containing human remains had been retrieved and 77 victims identified after forensic examination.

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The nearly new Boeing Co. 737 MAX passenger plane crashed into the sea on October 29 just minutes after taking off from Jakarta en route to Bangka island near Sumatra.