Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Indonesia recovers Lion Air jet's cockpit voice recorder

Indonesia finds Lion Air jet cockpit voice recorder Lion Air jet crash: cockpit voice recorder found, says Indonesian official
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2019, 17:41

The first black box, the plane's flight data recorder, was found last November, buried in debris on the floor of the Java Sea.

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

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, on October 29, killing everyone on board.

Almost 30 relatives of the Lion Air crash victims are suing Boeing, alleging faults in the plane led to the deaths.

He added that the recorder had "obvious scratches on it", but that it was unclear what damage it had suffered.

Indonesia passenger jet with 189 aboard crashes into ocean shortly after takeoff, October 29, 2018.The recovered cockpit voice recorder of Lion Air flight 610 is kept in a water-filled container on board of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Spica in the waters of Tanjung Karawang, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

Investigators have already recovered the jet's flight data recorder, which provided information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane before the crash.

Officials, however, warned it could take up to six months to analyse data from the black boxes.

Data from a preliminary investigation report, which didn't state any conclusions, showed the plane's nose pointed down 26 times on its fatal 11-minute flight despite repeated efforts by the pilots to manually aim the nose higher.

Mr Nugroho said that a weak signal from the recorder had been detected "for several days".

The Lion Air crash was the worst airline disaster in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people died on a Garuda flight near Medan.

Despite a dubious safety record and an avalanche of complaints over shoddy service, the budget carrier's parent Lion Air Group, which operates five other airlines, has captured half the domestic market in less than 20 years of operation.

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