Indonesia restores the cockpit voice recorder from Lion Air jet

Indonesia restores the cockpit voice recorder from Lion Air jet

Associated Press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Marinoduik divers have recovered the cockpit sound recorder from a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, Indonesian officials said Monday in a possible impulse to investigate the accident.

Ridwan Djamaluddin, a vice-maritime minister, told reporters that remnants of some of the 189 people who were killed during the crash were also discovered at the location of the seabed.

"We received confirmation from the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Committee this morning," he said.

A spokesperson for the Indonesian navy's western fleet, Lieutenant Colonel Agung Nugroho, said that divers using high-tech "ping locator" equipment began a new search on Friday and the voice recorder was under 8 meters (26 feet) of mud. the seabed. The plane crashed into waters of 30 meters deep.

The device is transported to a naval port in Jakarta, said Nugroho, and will be handed over to the Transport Safety Committee, which oversees the investigation into accidents.

"This is good news, especially for us who have lost our loved ones," said Irianto, the father of Rio Nanda Pratama, a doctor who died during the crash.

FILE - In this October 30, 2018, file photo, Indonesian marine frogs dive out of the water during a search for the victims of the crashed Lion Air plane in the waters of Tanjung Karawang, Indonesia. A search found the cockpit voice recorder of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October 2018, said an Indonesian official Monday, January 14, 2019, in a possible impulse to investigate accidents. Ridwan Djamaluddin, a vice minister of maritime affairs, told reporters that the office that investigated the crash in which 189 people were killed had informed the ministry of the discovery. (AP Photo / Tatan Syuflana, file)

FILE – In this October 30, 2018, file photo, Indonesian marine frogs dive out of the water during a search for the victims of the crashed Lion Air plane in the waters of Tanjung Karawang, Indonesia. A search found the cockpit voice recorder of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October 2018, said an Indonesian official Monday, January 14, 2019, in a possible impulse to investigate accidents. Ridwan Djamaluddin, a vice minister of maritime affairs, told reporters that the office that investigated the crash in which 189 people were killed had informed the ministry of the discovery. (AP Photo / Tatan Syuflana, file)

"Although we do not yet know the contents of the CVR, this is some relief from our desperation," he said.

The 2-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea a few minutes after the take-off of Jakarta on 29 October and killed everyone on board.

The cockpit data recorder was repaired within a few days after the crash and showed that the airspeed indicator of the jet on the last four flights was faulty.

If the voice recorder is not damaged, it can provide valuable additional information for researchers.

The Lion Air crash was the worst air disaster in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people died during a Garuda flight near Medan. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore collapsed in the sea and killed all 162 people on board.

Lion Air is one of the youngest airlines in Indonesia, but has grown rapidly and has covered dozens of domestic and international destinations. It has spread aggressively in Southeast Asia, a fast-growing region with more than 600 million people.

FILE - In this October 31, 2018, photo of the file, relatives of passengers of a downed Lion Air jet collect personal belongings collected from the waters where the plane would have crashed, in the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, Indonesia. A search found the cockpit voice recorder of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October 2018, said an Indonesian official Monday, January 14, 2019, in a possible impulse to investigate accidents. Ridwan Djamaluddin, a vice minister of maritime affairs, told reporters that the office that investigated the crash in which 189 people were killed had informed the ministry of the discovery. (AP Photo / Tatan Syuflana, file)

FILE - In this October 31, 2018, photo of the file, relatives of passengers of a downed Lion Air jet collect personal belongings collected from the waters where the plane would have crashed, in the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, Indonesia. A search found the cockpit voice recorder of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October 2018, said an Indonesian official Monday, January 14, 2019, in a possible impulse to investigate accidents. Ridwan Djamaluddin, a vice minister of maritime affairs, told reporters that the office that investigated the crash in which 189 people were killed had informed the ministry of the discovery. (AP Photo / Tatan Syuflana, file)

FILE – In this October 31, 2018, photo of the file, relatives of passengers of a downed Lion Air jet collect personal belongings collected from the waters where the plane would have crashed, in the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, Indonesia. A search found the cockpit voice recorder of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October 2018, said an Indonesian official Monday, January 14, 2019, in a possible impulse to investigate accidents. Ridwan Djamaluddin, a vice minister of maritime affairs, told reporters that the office that investigated the crash in which 189 people were killed had informed the ministry of the discovery. (AP Photo / Tatan Syuflana, file)

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