Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Divers find crashed Lion Air's cockpit voice recorder

Divers find crashed Lion Air's cockpit voice recorder

One of the first priorities for air crash investigators is to locate a plane's two black boxes, which hold vital clues on what caused it to go down.

"We have our own laboratory and personnel team to do it", Haryo Satmiko, deputy chief of the transportation safety committee, told Reuters.

Human remains were also discovered at the seabed location, Djamaluddin said.

The cockpit voice recorder from a Lion Air jet that crashed last October has been recovered, Indonesian authorities said Monday, a discovery that could be critical to establishing why the brand new plane fell out of the sky shortly after take-off.

Flight JT610 was heading north to the town of Pingal Pinang on October 29, 2018, when it lost contact with the air traffic control (ATC) just 13 minutes after takeoff from the capital Jakarta.

Susmoro said the voice recorder's signal, created to last 90 days following a crash, would have stopped after about 15 days.

Findings by KNKT now suggest that Lion Air had put the plane back into service despite it having had problems on earlier flights.

Investigators now will work to retrieve data from the so-called black box hoping it will contain audio of the pilots' conversations.

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"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.

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).

The cockpit voice recorder from Lion Air Flight 610 is displayed by Indonesian navy personnel after the device's recovery on Monday.

The cockpit data recorder, recovered days three days after, showed that its airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on previous flights.

The Lion Air crash was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people died on a Garuda flight near Medan. The report highlighted issues with the airline's maintenance practices and pilot training, as well as with a Boeing Co. anti-stall system.

Investigators say the plane had encountered technical problems.

The Lion Air 737's flight data recorder showed that pilots had repeatedly tried to correct its nose from pointing down, possibly after erroneous data from AoA sensors was fed into a system that automatically adjusts some of its movements.

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