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KNKT finds cockpit voice recorder, rekindles hope for uncovering cause of Sriwijaya Air crash

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, March 31, 2021   /  07:39 pm
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Indonesian Navy divers recover wreckage from Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 during a search and rescue operation near Lancang island, Thousand Islands regency, on Jan. 10, 2021, the day after the Boeing 737-500 crashed shortly after takeoff from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.(Agence France Presse/Adek Berry)

A search team has recovered the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ182 that plunged into the Java Sea on Jan. 9, just after takeoff from Jakarta en route to Pontianak, West Kalimantan. The discovery of the CVR moves the air disaster investigation closer to uncovering the cause of the crash. Investigators are to immediately start decoding the data stored on the device, a process expected to take three to seven days. They will then read and analyze the audio recordings taken on the flight deck as the incident unfolded, including communication between the pilot and copilot. The search was led by the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), which acknowledged that locating and recovering the device had been extremely difficult and involved much trial and error. Following the disaster, trained divers spent around two months conducting manual searches, but ...