An Indonesian Lion Air jet that plunged into the Java Sea last week, killing all 189 on board, had an airspeed indicator problem on its fatal flight and on three previous journeys, the country's transportation watchdog said Monday.
Angry and distraught family members vented their frustration at the authorities for their lack of coordination and failure to provide information, with Muhammad Bambang Sukandar, the father of one of the victims, Pangky Pradana Sukandar, asking Rusdi Kirana, founder of Lion Air who was among the audience, to stand up.
Divers are still hunting for the plane's cockpit voice recorder.
The Boeing 737 MAX is a more fuel-efficient version of the manufacturer's popular single-aisle jet.
Two Indonesian navy vessels took the relatives to the crash location on Tuesday where a massive search effort is still underway.More news: US Reimposes Sanctions on Iran's Oil, Financial Sectors
"We are the victims here".
Lion Air's Boeing 737 Max 8 lost contact with the control tower 13 minutes after it took off from Jakarta airport for Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka.
"This is not an unimportant thing".
Indonesia is one of the world's fastest-growing aviation markets, but its safety record has been patchy.
A sister of Hizkia Jorry Saroinsong, a passenger on the ill-fated Lion Air flight, carries her brother's portrait during his funeral.
After the meeting, Mr. Kirana left in a hurry, avoiding questions from reporters.
Boeing, the manufacturer of the 737 MAX 8, and United States aviation investigators at the NTSB have been working with Indonesian experts on the analysis of the flight data recorder in Indonesia.More news: NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope retires after nine years exploring space
"We are formulating, with NTSB and Boeing, detailed inspections regarding the airspeed indicator", he said, referring to the US National Transportation Safety Board.
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - NOVEMBER 05: Families of victims of Lion Air flight JT 610 weeps as they meeting with authorities and Lion Air management on November 5, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The search operation is also looking to retrieve a second black box, which contains the voice cockpit recordings from the cockpit.
The day before the crash, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 - which had only around 800 flying hours on the clock - had experienced a significant drop in altitude on a flight from Bali to Jakarta, passenger Robbi Gaharu said.
Police medical experts have received almost 140 body bags of human remains and have identified 14 victims. "We replaced the part suspected by our engineer".
"The plane was intact when it plunged to the sea, it did not explode in the air, and the aircraft engine was running when it touched the water at high RPM it's marked by the loss of all blades of the turbine", he said.More news: Ah Yes, Fortnite & The NFL, Together At Last