Lion Air ends search for second black box from crashed Boeing 737

Lion Air ended its search for the second black box recorder of flight JT610 on Dec 29, 2018.
Lion Air ended its search for the second black box recorder of flight JT610 on Dec 29, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Lion Air said on Thursday (Jan 3) that it had ended its search for the second black box voice recorder from its Boeing 737 Max jet that crashed into the Java Sea on Oct 29 killing 189 people.

Contact with flight JT610 was lost 13 minutes after it took off from the capital Jakarta, heading north to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.

The crash was the world's first for a Boeing 737 Max jet.

Lion Air said in December that it was funding a 38 billion rupiah (S$3.6 million) search for the second black box, using the offshore supply ship MPV Everest.

Lion Air Group spokesman Danang Mandala told Reuters on Thursday that the search using the ship had ended on Dec 29 at 11.59pm local time.