Chaos ‘then prayer in the cockpit’ seconds before jet crashed – report

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The pilots of the doomed Lion Air jet scrambled to save their aircraft and then later ‘began to pray’ as one of the pilots might have realised the aircraft was now ‘unrecoverable’. An American newspaper, The Seattle Times is reporting.

The captain of the fateful Lion Air flight 610 reportedly handed over the controls to his co-pilot as he scrambled through a technical manual to try and figure out what the problem was.

But “then, as the nose of Lion Air Flight 610 repeatedly bucked downward, Harvino, the co-pilot, began to pray.”

“The supplication was caught on the final seconds of audio in the cockpit voice recorder,” the report says.

“God is great,” Harvino, the experienced Indonesian co-pilot said, then recited a verse asking God to grant a miracle.

“But there was no miracle Oct. 29, when the brand-new Boeing 737 Max 8 dived into the Java Sea in Indonesia, amid good weather, after 12 minutes in the air.

“I think he knew it was unrecoverable,” said Nurcahyo Utomo, head of the air accident subcommittee of the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee, who listened to and described the contents of the cockpit voice recorder that was retrieved from the ocean floor in January.

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