Lion Air plane had airspeed problem on flight prior to crash

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The smashed fuselage of a crashed Indonesian jetliner may have been found, the country's military chief said Wednesday, two days after the deadly accident feared to have killed 189 people.

Several passengers on the Sunday flight from Bali to Jakarta have recounted problems that included a long-delayed takeoff for an engine check and terrifying descents in the first 10 minutes in the air. In response they said they prepared "Runway 25" in Jakarta for the plane to land.

"This was a new plane".

"The same as a new auto comes off the production line, it wouldn't be accepted if it had problems".

Lion Air's chief executive, Edward Sirait, told Reuters he had not heard of the minister's order.

The airline is to meet a team from Boeing on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the plane.

"The now operating Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft have been inspected and we will continue to monitor and supervise closely, day by day, and if it is found to be significant we will do another inspection and ground them if needed".

"This thing really comes unglued", said Cox, who runs consulting company Safety Operating Systems.

"But they will be fixed before entering service and they would be minor things".

"They were very amusing, very smart, very nice guys".

The results of a massive search for the two-month-old Boeing 737-Max 8 plane will be revealed later on Wednesday.

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"And new models are a highly sophisticated aircraft in their own right".

"Occasionally fleets get grounded, but these days with the rigorous testing procedures it is very, very rare".

Underscoring the intensity of the crash, rescuers have only found parts of victims rather than intact bodies.

But according to Boeing, the 737 MAX series is the fastest-selling plane in its history. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the families of the victims.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago, is heavily reliant on air travel but many of its airlines have a poor safety record.

In a statement, Lion Air said human remains had been collected in 24 body bags after sweeps of the crash site, which is about 15 km off the coast to the northeast of Jakarta. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board says sophisticated computer and audio equipment is used to extract and translate the data into an understandable format.

It had been travelling between Indonesia's capital Jakarta and the city of Pangkal Pinang further to the north.

Two fishermen who saw the crash from their boat out at sea told Reuters that the plane swayed slightly but made no noise as it fell, nearly horizontal with its nose slightly down.

What caused the unusual changes in altitude and speed, and why the pilot asked to return to Jakarta moments after takeoff, will now be a major focus for investigators. We're still hoping for the best because there hasn't been an official statement from Lion Air. Instead, planes were asked to circle in Jakarta until the plane landed.

Batik Air operates flights from Perth to Bali and is now not covered by the ban.

Debris, believed to be from Lion Air flight JT610 plane, which crashed, is seen during an operation by Navy divers near the search area off Tanjung Pakis, Indonesia, Oct. 31, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.