JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian navy divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder of a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in January, killing all 62 folks on board, officers stated Wednesday.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi stated divers retrieved the cockpit recorder at about 08.00 p.m. Tuesday native time, close to the place the flight information recorder was recovered three days after the accident.
The contents of the recorder weren’t instantly obtainable. Nonetheless, the gadget may assist investigators decide what triggered the Boeing 737-500 to nosedive into the ocean in heavy rain shortly after it took off from Jakarta on Jan. 9.
If the voice recorder is undamaged, it’d inform investigators what the pilots have been doing — or failing to do — to regain management of the aircraft throughout its transient, erratic flight.
Searchers have recovered aircraft elements and human stays from an space between Lancang and Laki islands within the Thousand Island chain, simply north of Jakarta. The flight information recorder tracked tons of of parameters displaying how the aircraft was being operated.
Most retrieval efforts ended about two weeks after the crash, however a restricted search is constant for the lacking reminiscence unit of the cockpit voice recorder, which apparently broke away from different elements of the gadget in the course of the crash.
The intense orange voice recorder was taken to Jakarta and given to the Nationwide Transportation Security Committee, which is overseeing the accident investigation.
“We hope the KNKT may share details about what’s contained on this VCR to enhance our aviation security,” Sumadi stated, referring to Indonesian acronym for the transportation committee.
The KNKT chairman, Soerjanto Tjahjono, stated the gadget will probably be taken to the investigators’ “black field” facility. It’s going to take 5 to seven days to dry and clear the gadget and to obtain its information, he stated.
“With out the CVR . . . it will be troublesome to find out the reason for the aircraft crash,” Tjahjono stated, “We’d disclose it transparently to keep away from comparable accidents sooner or later.”
Rear Adm. Abdul Rasyid Kacong, the navy’s western area fleet commander, stated the voice recorder was buried beneath 1 meter (three ft) of seabed mud at a depth of 23 meters (75 ft). Divers eliminated particles and carried out “desludging” operations to achieve the voice recorder, he stated.
Knowledge from a preliminary investigation report, which didn’t state any conclusions, confirmed that the aircraft’s left engine’s throttle lever moved backward by itself whereas the autopilot was engaged, decreasing the facility output of that engine earlier than the jet plunged into the ocean.
That report supplied new particulars on persistent issues with an autothrottle on the 737-500 Sriwijaya Air jet and the airline’s efforts to repair them. An autothrottle can be utilized by pilots to set the pace robotically, thereby decreasing workload and put on on the engines.
It additionally may assist reply questions for individuals who misplaced folks within the catastrophe.
“I warmly welcome the CVR discovering . . . that is some aid from our despair,” stated Rafik Yusuf Alaydrus, whose spouse Panca Widia Nursanti, a trainer, died within the crash.
“We hope this might reply what triggered the crash, particularly for us who misplaced our family members,” he stated.
The 26-year-old jet had been out of service for nearly 9 months due to flight cutbacks because of the pandemic earlier than resuming industrial flights in December.
The catastrophe has reignited considerations about security within the aviation business, which has grown rapidly together with the economic system for the reason that fall of dictator Suharto within the late 1990s. America banned Indonesian carriers from working within the nation in 2007 however lifted that restriction in 2016, citing improved compliance with worldwide aviation requirements. The European Union lifted an identical ban in 2018.
Sriwijaya Air had had solely minor security incidents prior to now, although a farmer was killed in 2008 when a aircraft went off the runway whereas touchdown on account of a hydraulic problem.
In 2018, a Boeing 737 MAX eight jet operated by Lion Air crashed shortly after taking off from the airport in Jakarta, killing 189 folks. An automatic flight-control system performed a job in that crash, however the Sriwijaya Air jet didn’t have that system.
Related Press writers Niniek Karmini and Edna Tarigan contributed to this report.