Transcription of Sukhoi's CVR completed: KNKT
Indonesian National Transportation Safety Board chief Tatang Kurniadi with the flight data recorder of the crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100 speaks during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia on Thursday. Authorities found the flight data recorder of the Russian plane that slammed into a jungle-clad cliff atop an Indonesian volcano during a May 9 demonstration flight for potential buyers. (AP/Achmad Ibrahim)
The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) has completed a transcription of recorded dialogue between the pilot and co-pilot on the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from the ill-fated Sukhoi Superjet 100 that crashed in Mt. Salak in Bogor, West Java.
"We are now analyzing the transcription with the assistance of an interpreter from the Indonesian embassy in Uzbekistan," KNKT chief Tatang Kurniadi said on Thursday.
The CVR was found about a week after the Russian-made aircraft crashed on May 9.
The flight-data recorder (FDR), which along with the VCR makes up the black box, was found by locals near the crash site on Wednesday.
"The FDR was found 20 meters down the slope from the location of the plane's tail wreckage. Locals reported the finding last night," National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief, Air Vice Marshal Daryatmo, told a press conference at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport on Thursday.
Besides the FDR, locals also found a number of parts belonging to the plane, including the power lever.
The Sukhoi smashed into Mt. Salak while on a demonstration flight, generally known in Indonesia as a "joy flight".
The plane vanished from radar screens and an Air Force helicopter discovered the wreckage the following morning.
Of the 45 passengers, 35 were Indonesians and eight were Russians. A US citizen and a French national were also on board. No one survived.