Founded in 1999, Lion Air is Indonesia's largest low-priced airline and has had half a dozen non-fatal accidents and one fatal accident, which occurred in 2004 in the city of Solo, leaving 25 people dead.
He said other possibilities have been eliminated because the pings occur at intervals of just under 1 second.
The fuselage of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and its flight data recorders have yet to be found or recovered.
"The suspected cause of the accident is still being investigated and it is making us all curious what could have caused it", he said.
Lion Air is one of Indonesia's youngest and biggest airlines, flying to dozens of domestic and worldwide destinations.
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Indonesia's transport ministry has ordered an inspection of all the new 737 MAX 8 jets. He is seen walking along a concourse, showing his Lion Air boarding pass on camera, and zooming in on a Lion Air aircraft while boarding, according to AP. At one point, the passenger who shot the video, Paul Ferdinand Ayorbaba, zooms in on his boarding pass. A part of the video shows passengers walking up the boarding stairs to a Lion jet.
Heads have rolled over the loss of Lion Air Flight 610 as authorities attempt to zero in on pings they believe could be from the aircraft "black box" recorders. "It was his last contact with me, his last message to me".
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The two-month-old Boeing plane plunged into the Java Sea on Monday just minutes after take-off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
Although divers stopped searching overnight, sonar vessels and an underwater drone kept up the hunt for the wreckage, where many victims were feared trapped, officials said.
"We can not make a similar conclusion (to ban Lion Air from Malaysia's air space)", he told reporters when asked whether there was a proposal to ban Lion Air flights in Malaysia following the crash.
Shoes found during the search for victims from the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610 are collected at the Jakarta International Container Terminal in Jakarta, on Wednesday.
Search and Rescue Agency chief Muhammad Syaugi has said he's certain it won't take long to locate the hull of the aircraft and its flight recorders due to the relatively shallow 30 metre depth of the waters where it crashed.
Divers conduct an operation near the search area of a site where Lion Air flight JT610 plane had crashed, off Tanjung Pakis, Indonesia, Wednesday, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.