Published: Mon, January 14, 2019

Lion Air crash: 'Black box' voice recorder found

Lion Air crash: 'Black box' voice recorder found

Mr Satmiko told AFP that the voice recorder was found at around 09:00 local time (02:00 GMT).

Ridwan Djamaluddin, a deputy maritime minister, said the agency investigating the crash that killed 189 people, the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), had informed the ministry about the discovery.

Indonesia's aviation safety record has improved since its airlines, including national carrier Garuda, were subject to years-long bans from USA and European airspace for safety violations, but the country still recorded more than three dozen fatal accidents over the past 15 years.

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

'Even though we don't yet know the contents of the CVR, this is some relief from our despair'.

A flight data recorder was recovered shortly after the crash, but listening to the last conversations between the pilots and ground control should help investigators finish piecing together what went wrong in the short flight.


Investigators have already recovered the flight data recorder from the Boeing 737 Max, which provided information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane before it plunged into the sea on October 29.

It also found that the Lion Air jet should have been grounded over a recurrent technical problem before its fatal journey, as it criticised the budget carrier's poor safety culture.

Rear Adm. Harjo Susmoro, head of the navy's Center for Hydrography and Oceanography, said the voice recorder was found just 50 meters (164 feet) from where the data recorder was located.

The crash was the world's first of a Boeing Co 737 MAX jet and the deadliest of 2018, and the recovery of the aircraft's second black box earlier on Monday may provide an account of the last actions of the doomed jet's pilots.

Divers have found the second black box from a doomed Lion Air jet that crashed past year killing all 189 people onboard, Indonesian authorities said Monday. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 on board. It has been expanding aggressively in Southeast Asia, a fast-growing region of more than 600 million people.

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