Indonesia finds black box for crashed Lion Air flight JT610

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2019

Indonesia's Navy spokesman Agung Nugroho told Reuters that the recorder was found 8m deep (26ft) under mud on the sea floor.

If the voice recorder is undamaged, it could provide valuable additional information to investigators.

The Reuters news agency points out the cockpit voice recorder is one of two so-called black boxes crucial to the investigation of the plane crash.

The cockpit data recorder was recovered within days and showed that the jet's airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on its last four flights.

Contact with flight JT610 was lost 13 minutes after it took off on October 29 from the capital, Jakarta, heading north to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.

Nugroho said human remains had been found near where the CVR was discovered, about 50 meters from where the crashed jet's other black box, the flight data recorder (FDR), was found three days after the crash.

The Lion Air crash was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people died on a Garuda flight near Medan.

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The discovery of the device Monday, more than two months after the crash, is a significant breakthrough for investigators trying to piece together the final moments of the brand-new Boeing 737.

Separately, Colonel Johan Wahyudi told Metro TV the recorder had been retrieved and taken aboard the ship.

Members of a rescue team prepare to search for survivors from the Lion Air flight JT 610, which crashed into the sea, at Jakarta seaport on 29 October 2018.

The probe into the crash causes is underway.

It also found that the Lion Air jet should have been grounded over a recurrent technical problem before its fatal journey, as it criticised the budget carrier's poor safety culture.

The plane's flight data recorder showed that pilots had repeatedly tried to correct its nose from pointing down, possibly after erroneous data from AoA sensors was fed into a system that automatically adjusts some of its movements.

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