Indonesia: Search for Lion Air crash victims extended

By Dandy Koswaraputra

JAKARTA – Indonesian rescue agency on Sunday extended by three days the search of victims of the crashed Lion Air JT-610 aircraft.

"After evaluation and getting input from the field, we have decided to extend the rescue for another three days," Lt. Gen. Muhammad Syaugi, head of the National Search and Rescue Agency, said at a news conference in the capital Jakarta.

As of Sunday, a total of 105 body bags had been found, Syaugi said, and added: “I’m sure this number will increase.”

Meanwhile, Haryo Satmiko, deputy chairman of National Transportation Safety Committee, told media that 69 hours of flight data have been retrieved from one of the black boxes recovered on Thursday.

On Oct. 29, Lion Air flight JT 610 was traveling from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang when it crashed into the Java Sea. All 188 people on board are presumed dead.