October 31, 2018 / 5:29 AM / 21 days ago

Indonesia search team finds 22-metre object in hunt for plane

Rescue workers travel to a search area near Tanjung Pakis beach in Karawang, Indonesia, October 31, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian search and rescue workers have detected a 22-metre long object underwater in area where a Lion Air passenger jet with 189 people on board crashed, a navy official said on Wednesday.

“Last night, we found a fairly large object,” Colonel Haris Djoko Nugroho told Indonesian broadcaster TVOne, on board the navy ship KRI Rigel.

Ground staff lost touch with flight JT610 13 minutes after the Boeing 737 MAX 8 took off early on Monday from Jakarta, on its way to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.

There were no survivors.

Nugroho said the navy was using a side-scan sonar to verify whether that object was part of the missing aircraft. Navy divers would also check, he said.

The Rigel has been searching in an area about 5 nautical miles from the site where flight JT-610 was last contacted.

Writing by Fergus Jensen; Editing by Robert Birsel

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