Families hold mass prayer at sea for Indonesia jet crash victims
Hundreds of grieving relatives prayed Tuesday at the spot where a Lion Air jet plunged into the sea as revelations over the jet’s malfunctioning air speed indicator raised fresh questions about the cause of the accident.
Tearful mourners aboard a pair of Indonesian navy vessels tossed bouquets and scattered flower petals into the Java Sea off the country’s north coast where the brand new jet crashed last week, killing all 189 people on board.
Search teams have filled some 164 body bags with remains found after the devastating crash, but only 27 victims have been identified so far, police said.
The Boeing 737-Max 8, one of the world’s newest and most advanced commercial passenger planes, crashed on October 29 just 12 minutes into a one-hour flight from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang city on Sumatra island.
Flight JT610 sped up as it suddenly lost altitude and then vanished from radar shortly after take-off.