COCK­PIT VOICE RECORDER FROM IN­DONE­SIA CRASH RE­COV­ERED

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD - BY NINIEK KARMINI

JAKARTA, In­done­sia — Navy divers have re­cov­ered the cock­pit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in Oc­to­ber, In­done­sian of­fi­cials said Mon­day, 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.

“We got con­fir­ma­tion this morn­ing from the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Com­mit­tee’s chair­man,” he said.

A spokesman for the In­done­sian navy’s western fleet, Lt. Col. Agung Nu­groho, said divers us­ing high-tech “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 2-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 within days of the crash and showed that the jet’s air­speed in­di­ca­tor had mal­func­tioned on its last four flights.

ADEK BERRY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

In­done­sian search teams on Oct. 31 look for wreck­age from the Lion Air crash.

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