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Lion 737 recorder memory unit recovered

Indonesia's National Transport Safety Committee (NTSC) has taken possession of a crash survivable memory unit believed to be from the Lion Air 737 Max 8 that crashed shortly after take-off on 29 October.

The device was recovered from the seabed floor on 1 November, and NTSC chief Soerjanto Tjahjono says that it is likely to have come from the flight data recorder of the crashed jet, and it is expected that it may take up to two weeks to download the data from the unit.

The investigator has also held co-ordination meetings with representatives of Boeing, General Electric, the US National Transport Safety Bureau and Federal Aviation Administration, which will be involved in the investigation into the crash.

Recovery efforts are continuing, led by national search and rescue agency Basarnas. Diving missions are being carried out in two priority areas, including one where the memory unit was found. They are being supported by two ships equipped with sonar and other specialist equipment, and spotter helicopters.

As of 1 November, 65 body bags understood to contain human remains had been recovered from the search area. Indonesian police and relatives are assisting with victim identification.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's directorate general of civil aviation has asked the airline to suspend the quality control and flight maintenance management manager. Previously, it had ordered the temporary suspension of Lion's technical director and the engineers that had released the jet for its flight.

Those suspended personnel will assist in with the investigation into the crash for an unspecified period.

The Lion Air 737 Max 8, registered PK-LPQ, was operating as flight JT610 from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International airport to Pangkal Pinang when it crashed into the sea near the town of Karawang, claiming the lives of all 189 passengers and crew on-board.

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