Indonesia Finds Cockpit Voice Recorder of Crashed Lion Air Boeing

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2019

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

Lion Air's JT610 nose-dived into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff October 29, killing all 189 on board to become the country's worst air disaster in two decades.

The L3 Technologies Inc CVR was created to send acoustic pings for 90 days after a crash in water, according to an online brochure from the manufacturer.

The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee investigator, Nurcahyo Utomo, answering questions on the crash on 28/11/18.

A preliminary report by Indonesia's transport safety commission, or KNKT, focused on airline maintenance and training, as well as the response of a Boeing anti-stall system and a recently replaced sensor, but did not give a cause for the crash.

He added that human remains were also discovered at the seabed location.

A final crash report is not likely to be filed until later this year.

Investigators said Lion Air kept putting the plane back into service despite repeatedly failing to fix a problem with the airspeed indicator, including on its second-last flight from Bali to Jakarta.

Despite the name, black boxes are usually bright orange with reflective stripes, and all commercial planes are obliged to have them on board.

The main body of the aircraft has never been found.

Black box data help explain almost 90% of all crashes, according to aviation experts.

Lion Air is one of Indonesia's youngest airlines but has grown rapidly, flying to dozens of domestic and worldwide destinations.

Almost 30 relatives of the crash victims have filed lawsuits against Boeing, alleging faults with the new model 737 MAX led to the deaths.

The device is being transported to a navy port in Jakarta, Nugroho said, and will be handed over to the transportation safety committee, which is overseeing the accident investigation.

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