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Data recorder from jet crash is re­cov­ered

- Health Conditions · Disasters · Incidents · Infectious Diseases · Sriwijaya Air · Boeing · Jakarta · Indonesia · National Transportation Safety Committee

In­done­sian navy divers search­ing the ocean floor on Tues­day re­cov­ered the flight data recorder from a Sri­wi­jaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea with 62 peo­ple on board.

The de­vice is ex­pected to help in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­ter­mine what caused the Boe­ing 737-500 to nose­dive into the ocean in heavy rain shortly af­ter tak­ing off from Jakarta on Satur­day.

The 26-year-old jet had been out of ser­vice for al­most nine months be­cause of flight cut­backs caused by the coro­n­avirus pan­demic, of­fi­cials said. It re­sumed com­mer­cial flights last month.

Air Chief Mar­shal Hadi Tjah­janto said the plane’s other “black box,” the cock­pit voice recorder, was likely to be found soon be­cause its bea­con was be­ing emit­ted in the same area.

More than 3,600 res­cue per­son­nel, 13 he­li­copters, 54 large ships and 20 small boats are search­ing the area just north of Jakarta where Flight 182 crashed, and they have found parts of the plane and hu­man re­mains in the wa­ter at a depth of 75 feet.

So far, the searchers have sent 74 body bags con­tain­ing hu­man re­mains to po­lice iden­ti­fi­ca­tion ex­perts.

The chair­man of In­done­sia’s Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Com­mit­tee, So­er­janto Tjahjono, ruled out a pos­si­ble midair breakup af­ter see­ing the con­di­tion of the wreck­age found by searchers.

He said the jet was in­tact un­til it struck the wa­ter, con­cen­trat­ing the de­bris field, rather than spread­ing it out over a large area as would be the case with a midair event.

Tjahjono said the plane con­tin­ued to send al­ti­tude data un­til it de­scended to 250 feet above the wa­ter’s sur­face.

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