Indonesian search teams recovered more remains at the site of a crashed Lion Air jet that plunged into the sea with 189 people aboard, as a report said it had suffered an instrument malfunction the day before.
The Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, plunged into the Java Sea moments after it had asked to return to Jakarta on Monday.
Flight JT 610 sped up as it suddenly lost altitude and then vanished from radar 13 minutes after take-off, with authorities saying witnesses saw the jet plunge into the water.
Dozens of divers are taking part in the recovery effort.
Search teams have filled ten body bags with limbs and other human remains, Muhammad Syaugi, head of Indonesian national search and rescue agency told Metro TV, saying they will be taken to Jakarta for identifiation.
Another 14 bags filled with debris have also been collected, he said, adding that the underwater search for the plane would continue Tuesday.
Shoes, items of clothing and a wallet are among the items found.
“We hope we can see the plane’s main body — everything on the surface of the water has been collected,” Syaugi said.
The agency all but ruled out finding any survivors late Monday, citing the discovery of body parts that suggested a high impact crash in water some 30-40 metres deep off the coast of Indonesia’s Java island.
“We are prioritising finding the main wreckage of the plane using five war ships equipped with sonar to detect metal underwater,” said Yusuf Latif, spokesman of Indonesian search and rescue agency.
Both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder are still missing.
Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) said there were 178 adult passengers, one child, two infants, two pilots and six cabin crew on board flight JT 610.
Among them were 20 Indonesian finance ministry employees and Andrea Manfredi, an Italian former professional cyclist.