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Boeing jet crashed in Indonesia after key sensor replaced

Boeing jet crashed in Indonesia after key sensor replaced

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A crucial sensor was replaced on a Lion Air jet the day before it plunged into the Java Sea, and that sensor replacement may have exacerbated other problems with the plane, Indonesian investigators said Wednesday. That sensor, known as the "angle of attack" sensor, keeps track of the angle of the aircraft nose to help prevent the plane from stalling and diving. Earlier this week, Indonesian officials hinted that airspeed indicators played a role in the deadly Oct. 29 crash that killed all 189 people on board. The jet's airspeed indicator malfunctioned on its last four flights, and that problem was related to the sensor issue, said Soerjanto Tjahjono, chairman of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee, on Wednesday. Lion Air's first two attempts to address the airspeed indic...
Indonesia Lion Air flight crashes with 189 aboard

Indonesia Lion Air flight crashes with 189 aboard

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An Indonesian passenger jet carrying 189 people crashed into the ocean shortly after takeoff on Monday, authorities said. Search and rescue officials said they lost contact with Lion Air flight JT610 minutes after it left Jakarta, the country's capital. The 189 on board included three children and the crew, officials said. No survivors have been found. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesperson National Board for Disaster Management, said the plane crashed near the coast of Bekasi, West Java. He also tweeted images and video from the crash site, showing rescue officials as they recovered wreckage and personal belongings from the sea. Crisis centers have been set up for families as authorities search for survivors. Officials said search and rescue teams have found various items from pas...
Indonesia quake: 5,000 people feared missing

Indonesia quake: 5,000 people feared missing

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More than 5,000 people are feared missing in Indonesia after last month's deadly earthquake and tsunami, officials have said. The grim estimate came as officials confirmed that 1,763 bodies have now been recovered from hard-hit areas.The search for survivors will end on Thursday, the country's disaster agency has said."Evacuation stops on 11 October," spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho confirmed.Entire neighbourhoods disappeared in the twin disaster and were buried under mountains of mud and wreckage, making it difficult to know exactly how many people are missing.Houses were sucked deep into mud, burying occupants.On Saturday, 34 bodies were removed from a single location. Many of the dead have been found in the city of Palu, while accurate figures for more remote areas ha...
34 children attending Bible camp found dead as toll cross 1,200 in Indonesia

34 children attending Bible camp found dead as toll cross 1,200 in Indonesia

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The death toll from a devastating earthquake and tsunami has soared again on Tuesday as officials in Indonesia said over 1,200 have died. The bodies of at least 34 children have been discovered inside a church in a remote northern region of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following Friday’s devastating magnitude-7.4 earthquake and ensuing tsunami, a spokesperson for the Indonesian Red Cross told reporters. The discovery was the latest heartbreak in an excruciating recovery effort that is just beginning to get underway as the death toll climbs. To date, at least 1,234 people have died in the catastrophe, but a local report has described scenes of widespread tragedy, with "bodies everywhere." The children were apparently attending a Christian bible camp when they were killed, Red...
Thousands feared dead after Indonesia tsunami

Thousands feared dead after Indonesia tsunami

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There are fears thousands may have been killed by an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia after the disaster's death toll rose to 832. The country's disaster mitigation agency warned the figure could climb higher as the affected area on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is bigger than initially thought.Many people were reported trapped in the rubble of buildings brought down in the 7.5 magnitude earthquake which struck on Friday and triggered tsunami waves as high as six metres (20 feet).Almost all the deaths have been recorded in the coastal city of Palu, where a mass burial will be held. Image: Many have been left homeless by the disaster "The [death toll] is believed to be still increasing since many bodies were stil...