In­done­sia re­cov­ers Lion Air jet’s cock­pit voice recorder

The Philippine Star - - WORLD -

JAKARTA (AP) — Navy divers have re­cov­ered the cock­pit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in Oc­to­ber, In­done­sian of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day, in a pos­si­ble boost to the ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Rid­wan Dja­malud­din, a deputy mar­itime min­is­ter, told re­porters that re­mains of some of the 189 peo­ple who died in the crash were also dis­cov­ered at the seabed lo­ca­tion.

A spokesman for the In­done­sian navy’s west­ern fleet, Lt. Col. Agung Nu­groho, said divers us­ing high­tech “ping lo­ca­tor” equip­ment had started a new search ef­fort on Fri­day and found the voice recorder be­neath 26 feet of seabed mud. The plane crashed in wa­ters 98 feet deep.

The de­vice is be­ing trans­ported to a navy port in Jakarta, Nu­groho said, and will be handed over to the trans­porta­tion safety com­mit­tee, which is over­see­ing the ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“This is good news, es­pe­cially for us who lost our loved ones,” said Irianto, the fa­ther of Rio Nanda Pratama, a doc­tor who died in the crash.

“Even though we don’t yet know the con­tents of the CVR, this is some relief from our de­s­pair,” he said.

The two-month-old Boe­ing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea just min­utes af­ter tak­ing off from Jakarta on Oct. 29, killing ev­ery­one on board.

The cock­pit data recorder was re­cov­ered three days af­ter the crash and showed that the jet’s air­speed in­di­ca­tor had mal­func­tioned on its last four flights.

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

Navy chief Rear Adm. Harjo Sus­moro said the voice recorder was found just 164 feet from where the data recorder was lo­cated. He said the voice recorder’s sig­nal, de­signed to last 90 days fol­low­ing a crash, would’ve stopped in about 15 days.

The Lion Air crash was the worst air­line disas­ter in In­done­sia since 1997, when 234 peo­ple died on a Garuda flight near Medan. In De­cem­ber 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Sin­ga­pore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 peo­ple on board.

AFP

An In­done­sian Navy diver shows the sec­ond ‘black box’ from Lion Air Flight 610 that crashed last Oc­to­ber.

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