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Investigators probe jet’s crash into sea in Bali

April 14, 2013 • Business


The wreckage of a Lion Air jet sits in the ocean near the airport in Bali, Indonesia on Sunday, April 14, 2013. All 108 passengers and crew survived after the new Lion Air jet crashed into the ocean and snapped into two while attempting to land Saturday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, injuring up to 45 people. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Investigators were working to determine what caused a new Lion Air passenger jet to miss the runway and crash into the sea off the Indonesian resort island of Bali, in the expanding budget airline’s sixth accident in 11 years.

All 108 people on board survived Saturday’s crash, which has renewed questions about how safe it is to fly in Indonesia. The country has struggled to clean up its poor air safety record while improving oversight.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday it was sending a team to assist Indonesia’s investigation because the Boeing 737-800 that crashed was designed and made in the U.S. The team will include advisers from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing.

The flight data recorder has been removed from the plane and aviation authorities were planning to tow the aircraft to a beach, Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan. The plane snapped in half as it crashed and came to rest in shallow water near the airport, where divers are searching for the cockpit voice recorder located in the tail.

Wind shear is one of the possible causes being considered in the investigation by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee.

The weather was rainy with clouds at the time of the crash, Lion Air spokesman Edward Sirait said. The pilot and co-pilot have been Login to read more

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