Crashed Lion Air jet’s voice recorder found

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JAKARTA — In­done­sia has found the cock­pit voice recorder from a Lion Air plane more than two months af­ter the Boe­ing Co. 737 MAX jet crashed into the sea near Jakarta, killing all 189 peo­ple on board, search of­fi­cials said on Mon­day. Naval Lieu­tenant Colonel Agung Nu­groho told Reuters a weak sig­nal from the recorder had been de­tected for sev­eral days and that it had been found buried in about 8 me­ters (26 feet) of mud in wa­ters about 30 me­ters deep. “We don’t know what dam­age there is, it has ob­vi­ous scratches on it,” Mr. Nu­groho said. Con­tact with flight JT610 was lost 13 min­utes af­ter it took off on Oct. 29 from the cap­i­tal, Jakarta, head­ing north to the tin-min­ing town of Pangkal Pi­nang. The cock­pit voice recorder is one of the two so-called black boxes cru­cial for plane crash in­ves­ti­ga­tions. The other black box, the flight data recorder, was re­cov­ered three days af­ter the crash. In­ves­ti­ga­tors brought in a navy ship last week for a fresh search af­ter a 10-day ef­fort funded by Lion Air failed to find the recorder. Colonel Jo­han Wahyudi told Metro TV the recorder had been re­trieved and taken aboard the ship. —

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