Voice recorder of crashed Lion Air jet found
The cockpit voice recorder of the Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October was found, said an Indonesian official.
Ridwan Djamaluddin, a vice-maritime minister, told reporters that the National Transportation Safety Committee had informed the ministry of the discovery.
He said that human remains have also been discovered at the location of the seabed.
The two-month old Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet crashed into the Java sea a few minutes after take-off from Jakarta on 29 October and killed all 189 people on board.
Indonesian marine frogs come out of the water during a search (AP)
A spokesperson for the Indonesian navy's western fleet, Lt Col Agung Nugroho, said that divers using high-tech "ping locator" equipment began a new search on Friday and found the voice recorder below 26ft of mud on the seabed. The plane crashed into waters of 100 meters deep.
The device is transported to a naval port in Jakarta, said Lt Col 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.
"Although we do not yet know the contents of the CVR, this is some relief from our desperation."
The aircraft's cockpit data recorder was repaired within days of the crash and showed that the jet's air-speed indicator did not function properly during the last four flights.
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.
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