JAKARTA, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) — The Indonesian search team on Tuesday recovered the other engine of Lion Air PK-LQP plane that crashed in West Java province’s waters off Karawang regency coast, spokesperson of Indonesian Navy Command Fleet I said.
The last two engines of the twin-jet engined Boeing 737 Max 8 plane that served the doomed JT 610 flight was found at around 14.30 p.m. local time in the waters.
“It (the engine) was found not too far from the location where the other engine was initially found (on Saturday),” spokesperson Agung Nugroho said.
The second engine has been lifted up from the seabed with a crane, and is now placed on the navy’s KRI Banda Aceh vessel before being handed over to the search center in Tanjung Priok seaport on Wednesday.
Cited results of the examination on the crashed plane’s engine found earlier, the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said the engine was still working when the plane crashed into the sea.
“The engine was still running with high RPM (Revolution Pert Minute) when it ditched the sea surface,” KNKT Chief Soerjanto Thahjono said on Monday.
KNKT also said that the plane suffered from speed indicator malfunction in the last four flights, including the one that crashed a week ago.
The statement came up after KNKT examined downloaded data of Flight Data Recorder (FDR), assisted by experts from Boeing and the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Meanwhile, Indonesian police Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) managed to identify 17 more body parts as of Tuesday, making the total identified individuals in the crashed plane to 44.
Lion Air PK-LQP Boeing 737 Max 8 plane with flight code of JT 610 crashed on Oct. 29 during its regular flight served Jakarta to Pangkalpinang in Bangka Belitug province, killing all 189 onboard.