Indonesia finds cockpit voice recorder of crashed Lion Air plane

Lester Mason
January 14, 2019

Indonesian authorities will download on Monday the contents of a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from a Lion Air jet that crashed more than two months ago, killing all 189 people on board, after it was retrieved from the sea near Jakarta.

Officials show part of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT610's black box after it was recovered from the Java Sea in the waters off Karawang, Nov 1, 2018.

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.

Ridwan Djamaluddin, a deputy maritime minister, told reporters that the National Transportation Safety Committee had informed the ministry about the discovery.

The probe into the crash causes is underway.

He said human remains were also discovered at the seabed location. Poor safety procedures and the inability of pilots to gain control of a malfunctioning aircraft may have contributed to the crash, according to a preliminary report by Indonesian investigators in November.

Lion Air is the third-largest buyer of the updated single-aisle plane from Boeing, behind Southwest Airlines and Flydubai.

The main body of the aircraft has never been found.

Black box data help explain almost 90 percent 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 global destinations.

In response to the report, Boeing said the 737 Max series of jets is "as safe as any airplane that has ever flown".

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

An AOA sensor provides data about the angle at which air is passing over the wings and tells pilots how much lift a plane is getting.

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