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Fiancée of Lion Air victim takes wedding photos alone

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An Indonesian woman has honoured a promise to her fiancée who was killed on Lion Air flight JT610.

The fiancée of a man killed in last month's Lion Air crash has taken her wedding pictures alone.

Indonesian couple Intan Indah Syari and Rio Nanda Pratama were due to get married on Sunday but Mr Pratama was one of 189 people on board flight JT610 when it crashed into the sea off Jakarta.

Ms Syari poses alone.
Ms Syari poses alone.
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According to the Jakarta Post, Mr Pratama had joked that if he did not return from his trip in time for the ceremony, Ms Sayari should take the pictures and send them to him.

"Wear beautiful make-up, ask for white roses. Take good photos and send them to me," he reportedly said.

Ms Syari posted the photos on her Instagram account on Monday with heartfelt messages to her husband-to-be.

"Even though I feel grief that I cannot describe, I still have to smile for you, and cannot be sad but should be strong like you always told me to be," she wrote.

"I love you Rio Nanda Pratama darling."

Ms Syari posted on Instagram last week that Mr Pratama was her "first love ... the man that has filled my days for 13 years".

Search called off

On Saturday, Indonesia called off the search for passengers of a Lion Air plane.

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.

Colleagues of victims of Lion Air flight JT 610 throw flowers into the sea.
Colleagues of victims of Lion Air flight JT 610 throw flowers into the sea.
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Rescuers have also retrieved parts of the plane's engines, wheels and seats from the sea. One diver died helping with search.

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

Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has retrieved one of the black boxes - the flight data recorder - and is still hunting for the cockpit voice recorder, which recorded the last conversation between the pilot and co-pilot before the crash.

The doomed jet was a Boeing 737-Max 8, one of the world's newest and most advanced commercial passenger planes, and there is still no answer as to what caused the crash.

The government has ordered a check on all Boeing 737-Max 8 fleets and conducted a special audit on Lion Air management.

The transportation ministry has also removed several executives and technical staff from the airline to help with the accident investigation.

Additional reporting: AFP

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