JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Navy divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, Indonesian officers stated Monday, in a potential enhance to the accident investigation.
Ridwan Djamaluddin, a deputy maritime minister, informed reporters that is still of among the 189 individuals who died within the crash have been additionally found on the seabed location.
A spokesman for the Indonesian navy’s western fleet, Lt. Col. Agung Nugroho, stated divers utilizing high-tech “ping locator” gear had began a brand new search effort on Friday and located the voice recorder beneath eight meters (26 toes) of seabed mud. The airplane crashed in waters 30 meters (98 toes) deep.
The machine is being transported to a navy port in Jakarta, Nugroho stated, and might be handed over to the transportation security committee, which is overseeing the accident investigation.
“That is excellent news, particularly for us who misplaced our family members,” stated Irianto, the daddy of Rio Nanda Pratama, a health care provider who died within the crash.
“Although we don’t but know the contents of the CVR, that is some reduction from our despair,” he stated.
The two-month-old Boeing 737 MAX eight jet plunged into the Java Sea simply minutes after taking off from Jakarta on Oct. 29, killing everybody on board.
The cockpit information recorder was recovered three days after the crash and confirmed that the jet’s airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on its final 4 flights.
If the voice recorder is undamaged, it may present priceless further data to investigators.
Navy chief Rear Adm. Harjo Susmoro stated the voice recorder was discovered simply 50 meters (164 toes) from the place the information recorder was positioned. He stated the voice recorder’s sign, designed to final 90 days following a crash, would’ve stopped in about 15 days.
The Lion Air crash was the worst airline catastrophe in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 individuals died on a Garuda flight close to Medan. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the ocean, killing all 162 individuals on board.
Lion Air is one among Indonesia’s youngest airways however has grown quickly, flying to dozens of home and worldwide locations. It has been increasing aggressively in Southeast Asia, a fast-growing area of greater than 600 million individuals.