Lion Air jet crash: cockpit voice recorder found, says Indonesian official
14 January, 2019, 17:42
Navy divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder in a possible boost to the accident investigation.
Ridwan Djamaluddin, a deputy maritime minister, said the agency investigating the crash that killed 189 people, the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), had informed the ministry about the discovery.
The two-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from the capital, Jakarta, on October 29.
Investigators also found that the Lion Air jet should have been grounded over a recurrent technical problem before its fatal journey, but did not pinpoint a cause of for the accident. The plane crashed in waters 30 meters (98 feet) deep.
'Even though we don't yet know the contents of the CVR, this is some relief from our despair'.
But the cockpit voice recorder - which keeps track of conversations and other sounds in the pilots' cabin - will provide new details for investigators trying to find out why the brand new airliner fell out of the sky.
Indonesian authorities said in a statement Monday that the voice recorder was found in Tanjung Kerawang waters in West Java Province.
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Information retrieved from the jet's flight data recorder late previous year indicated that the pilot was using his controls to bring the airline's nose up but that an automated anti-stall system was pushing it down.
Black box data help explain almost 90 percent of all crashes, according to aviation experts.
Families and colleagues of the victims of Lion Air flight JT610 pray and cry on the deck of an Indonesia Navy ship as they visit the site of the crash.
Lion Air is one of Indonesia's youngest airlines but has grown rapidly, flying to dozens of domestic and worldwide destinations.
Almost 30 relatives of the crash victims have filed lawsuits against Boeing, alleging faults with the 737 MAX led to the deaths.
It has been expanding aggressively in south-east Asia, a fast-growing region of more than 600 million people.
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