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Indonesia calls off search for air crash victims

JAKARTA, Nov 10 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 11/10/2018 12:01:08 PM IST

Indonesia on Saturday called off the search for passengers of a Lion Air plane, almost two weeks after the jetliner plunged into the Java Sea killing 189 people on board.

Some 196 bags containing body parts have been recovered from under the water with 79 victims identified and handed over to their families for burial.

“Since yesterday afternoon until today we have not found any more victims and therefore I declare the search and rescue operation is over,” Muhammad Syaugi, head of the search and rescue agency, told reporters Saturday.

“We apologise to the public, especially the families of victims if during the operation we were not able to satisfy everybody,” he added.

Lion Air has begun paying $102,058 compensation money for each passenger to the grieving families.

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