"Six dead from the Lion Air Boeing 737 crash have arrived at Tanjung Priok harbor," a spokesman of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) told Sputnik.
The agency, in a statement issued on Monday, said that the Lion Air plane had not emitted a distress signal just before the crash so the Medium Earth Orbit Local User Terminal, which transmits distress beacon alerts over satellite systems to the national search and rescue authority, could not inform BASARNAS as the crash happened.
"What is certain, when the plane fell, the Emergency Local Transmitter (ELT) beacon on the plane did not emit a distress signal. Thus, the crash of the plane was not monitored by the Medium Earth Orbit Local User Terminal (MEO LUT) at the BASARNAS Headquarters," the statement read.
Indonesian authorities have commenced search and rescue operations off the West Java coast. According to the BASARNAS spokesman, the search and rescue operations will last for seven days, unless all of the bodies are recovered before this time elapses.
Divers from a BASARNAS special rescue team had earlier in the day recovered one body after the plane's crash with plans to transport it to the RSUD Karawang hospital.