Indonesian search teams were on Thursday trying to retrieve the black box of a Lion Air aircraft which crashed into the Java Sea this week with 189 people on board.
Military commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said the location of the black box had been determined, but strong currents prevented a remotely operated underwater vehicle from reaching it on Wednesday.
“I’m sure it will be found soon and the main body of the aircraft will also be found not far from the area,” Hadi told reporters late on Wednesday.
The plane’s black box, as the flight data recorder and voice cockpit recorder are known, could shed light on the cause of Monday’s crash.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 plunged into the sea about 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, killing all 181 passengers and eight crew members.
Search chief Muhammad Syaugi said the finding of items including clothes and in-flight magazines on the seabed indicated that the fuselage was nearby and that many bodies may be still trapped there.
He said the fuselage would be lifted using a crane once it was found.
Syaugi said 57 bags of human remains have been collected so far, however only one victim has been identified so far, according to police.