Indonesia finds cockpit voice recorder of crashed Lion Air plane

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Indonesian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Yudo Margin shows the recovered cockpit voice recorder of Lion Air flight 610 that crashed into the sea in October during a press conference on board of the navy ship KRI Spica in the waters off Tanjung Karawang, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

Haryo Satmiko, the deputy head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), told AFP...

Lion Air Flight JT610, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, on October 29 bound for Pangkal Pinang, the capital of the Sumatran island of Bangka-Belitung.

Members of a rescue team carry the flight data recorder, part of the ill-fated Lion Air flight JT 610's black box.

Naval Lieutenant Colonel Agung Nugroho told Reuters a weak signal from the recorder had been detected for several days and that it had been found buried in about 8 metres of mud in waters about 30 metres deep.

If the voice recorder's contents end up being undamaged, it could provide valuable additional information to investigators.

Officials had said then that it could take up to six months to analyse data from the black boxes.

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After investigators said the doomed aircraft had problems with its airspeed indicator and angle of attack (AoA) sensors, Boeing issued a special bulletin telling operators what to do when they face the same situation. "Data obtained from CVR is expected to complete our investigation data", Tjahjono said.

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

It was the the world's first of a Boeing Co 737 MAX jet.

Families and colleagues of the victims of Lion Air flight JT610 pray and cry on the deck of an Indonesia Navy ship as they visit the site of the crash. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 on board.

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.

It has been expanding aggressively in south-east Asia, a fast-growing region of more than 600 million people.

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