All 189 people on board were killed.
Syachrul Anto, 48, dies while trying to search for the bodies of the victims of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610.
The brand new Boeing 737 Max 8, was flying erratically on Monday morning as well, but Lion Air chose to keep it in the skies.
The plane is also reported to have experienced difficulties during a previous flight on Sunday from Bali to Jakarta.
Just a few minutes into the flight, the pilot asked permission to return to the airport. "The captain said the problem was resolved and he made a decision to continue the trip to Jakarta".
In the early days of flight recorders, which were first required in the 1960s, damage in crashes often hampered attempts to obtain usable data.
"This afternoon, investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will arrive to help download the black box data", he said.
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The Lion Air Flight Data Recorder (FDR) was located on Thursday, but investigators told media that they have not yet been able to extract any information from it. It immediately commenced its flight service for the Lion Air on domestic routes. "We will prove more technical problems with data recorded in the black box".
The investigation has been marred by strong currents.
While the airline waters down the condition of the aircraft before take-off the coincidence is too great for several airline safety analysts who tell AirlineRatings.com say the two are "definitely linked".
Rescue divers have been crucial in recovering human remains and pieces of the wrecked near-new Boeing Co. Families of those on board have offered their DNA for testing.
In an investigation of 10 of the newly released Boeing 737-MAX 8 jets owned by Lion and flagship carrier Garuda, Indonesia's transport ministry found faults in two others, including a cockpit indicator display problem which an analyst warned may be similar to one reported in the crashed Lion Air Jet.
"The now operating Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft have been inspected and we will continue to monitor and supervise closely, day by day, and if it is found to be significant we will do another inspection and ground them if needed".
Lion Air now possesses 11 of Boeing's one of most advanced aircraft, while National airline Garuda Indonesia has one. Lion Air was among the Indonesian airlines banned by the European Union (EU) from 2007 through 2016, according to the Aviation Safety Network database maintained by the Flight Safety Foundation.