Black box for crashed 737 of Sriwajia Air found

Jakarta, March 31, 2021: On January 9th this year, Sriwijaya Air, Flight 182 dropped 10,000 feet into the Java Sea, minutes after take-off from Jakarta. Now, more than 2 months after the accident that killed all 62 people on board, the black-box, officially known as the cockpit voice recorder, has been recovered according to the local Transport Ministry

The other vital part of the wreckage, the flight data recorder was earlier plucked from the seabed.The 26-year-old plane, previously flown by US-based Continental Airlines and United Airlines was a Boeing 737-500.

A preliminary report into the crash last month said Indonesian pilots had reported multiple problems with the ageing jet’s throttle system before the fatal crash. But investigators have said it is too early to pinpoint an exact cause.

The cockpit voice recorder could provide vital clues to what the desperate crew was saying when the flight from Jakarta to Pontianak in Borneo went down.

Indonesia, a Southeast Asian archipelago that relies heavily on air transport to connect its thousands of islands, has suffered a series of deadly plane crashes in recent years.

In October 2018, 189 people were killed when a Boeing 737 MAX jet from Lion Air plunged into the sea. That accident — and another in Ethiopia — led to the worldwide grounding of the 737 MAX over a faulty anti-stall system. The 737 that crashed last month was not a MAX variant.

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