Indonesia Finds Cockpit Voice Recorder of Crashed Lion Air Boeing

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2019

Navy divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder in a possible boost to the accident investigation. A press conference is expected later Monday.

"We got confirmation this morning from the National Transportation Safety Committee's chairman", Djamaluddin said.

The Boeing 737 Max vanished from radar about 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta, slamming into the Java Sea moments after pilots had asked to return to the capital and killing all 189 people onboard.

Relatives of those who had died questioned why the plane had been cleared to fly after suffering problems on its Bali to Jakarta flight on October 28 that included a rapid descent after take-off that terrified passengers.

They each weigh seven to 10 kg (15 to 22 pounds) and can survive as deep as 6,000m (almost 20,000 feet) underwater or an hour at 1,100 degrees Celsius (2,012 degrees Fahrenheit).

"We're thankful and grateful that they have found the CVR, but it's not enough", said Evi Samsul Komar, whose son and nephew were on the fatal flight.

If the voice recorder's contents end up being undamaged, it could provide valuable additional information to investigators.

Indonesia passenger jet with 189 aboard crashes into ocean shortly after takeoff, October 29, 2018.The recovered cockpit voice recorder of Lion Air flight 610 is kept in a water-filled container on board of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Spica in the waters of Tanjung Karawang, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

The other black box, the flight data recorder, was recovered three days after the crash.

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Black box data helps explain almost 90 percent of all crashes, according to aviation experts.

After investigators said the doomed aircraft had problems with its airspeed indicator and angle of attack (AoA) sensors, Boeing to issue a special bulletin telling operators what to do when they face the same situation.

Rear Adm. Harjo Susmoro, head of the navy's Center for Hydrography and Oceanography, said the voice recorder was found just 50 meters (164 feet) from where the data recorder was located.

Mr Nugroho said that a weak signal from the recorder had been detected "for several days".

The pilots appeared to struggle with an automated system created to keep the plane from stalling - a new feature of the Boeing 737 Max.

Indonesian media reported in December that Lion Air's chief executive, Edward Sirait, said the airline was considering canceling its remaining orders for almost 200 of the Boeing planes.

Divers have found the second black box from a doomed Lion Air jet that crashed past year killing all 189 people onboard, Indonesian authorities said Monday.

In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 people on board.

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