Cockpit Voice Recorder found from crashed Lion Air flight

The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation has confirmed the recovery of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) from the Lion Air aircraft which crashed shortly after take-off in Indonesia in October 2018.

The CVR was discovered on the morning of 14 January by a joint Navy Dive Team. Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi thanked the team of divers and those involved in the search and has asked the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) to immediately investigate the recorded voice data in the CVR – it is hoped it will shed some more light on the accident.

The Minister of Transportation added: “I hope the NTSC can move quickly to take steps to investigate the CVR. We hope that later the NTSC can immediately provide recommendations from the results of this investigation. Of course, this is awaited by all parties for the next evaluation step.”

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, registered PK-LPQ was fitted with a CVR manufactured by L3 Technologies.

The Lion Air aircraft, flight JT610, crashed shortly after departing Jakarta on 29 October, killing all 189 people on board in the accident. The flight data recorder from the aircraft was recovered from the seabed floor on 1 November.

A preliminary report found technical problems had been reported on previous flights, and indicated that pilots struggled with the aircraft’s anti-stall automated system and aircraft instruments indicating different altitudes. The report did not however give a definitive cause for the accident involving Flight JT610.

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