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Lion Air crash: Investigators detect ‘pings’ which could lead to flight recorders

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

JAKARTA – Indonesian investigators searching for the flight recorders of crashed Lion Air flight 610 have heard transponder “pings” that could lead them to the devices, and answer questions as to why the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 went down, killing 189 people, CNN reported.

Haryo Satmiko, deputy director of the National Transport Safety Committee, told CNN that, while the pings had been detected, investigators needed more “technical efforts” to find the exact location of the so-called “black boxes.”

Small pieces of debris and remains of some people on board the plane have been retrieved from the water off Jakarta, but the main body of the plane has been missing since it disappeared from radar on Monday around 6:30 a.m. local time.

Lion Air announced Wednesday it has fired its technical director.

The airline gave no reason for the personnel change but said in a news release it was made at “the instruction and the decision of the (Indonesian) transportation ministry.”

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