The voice recorder of the Boeing 737-500 Sriwijaya Air (PK-CLC) plane, which crashed in Indonesia, has been recovered.
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Indonesian search teams recovered the voice recordings of the Boeing 737-500 Sriwijaya Air plane that crashed in the Java Sea in January, killing all 62 people on board the aircraft.
Officials said the device containing the recording was found under 1m of mud and would take up to a week to recover the recording. Authorities hope the data in the "black box" will be able to provide vital clues as to the possible cause of the tragedy.
A few days after the crash, rescue crews located the recorder that stores the flight data, but could not find enough clues as to why the plane crashed into the sea. A preliminary report said there were problems with the engine's propulsion, which drove the plane into a sharp roll and then a final dive into the sea.
Flight SJ182 crashed a few minutes after taking off from Jakarta.
What is known about the accident?
Boeing 737-500 Sriwijaya Air (PK-CLC) took off from Jakarta main airport at 14:36 local time (07:36 GMT) on January 9th. Flight SJ182 was en route to Pontianak on the island of Borneo. 4 minutes later, at 14:40, the last contact was recorded. There were 50 passengers on board the aircraft - including seven children and three babies - and 12 crew members, although the plane had a capacity of 130 passengers. Everyone on board was Indonesian.
Witnesses said they saw and heard at least one explosion. A damaged fan blade found by divers suggested that the plane was still operating when it hit the sea and did not explode in the air. The 737-year-old Boeing 500-26 Sriwijaya Air aircraft passed the airworthiness inspection in December 2020 after being detained on the ground for a long time due to travel restrictions imposed globally by the COVID pandemic. 19. Sriwijaya Air, founded in 2003, is an airline operating flights to Indonesia and other destinations in Southeast Asia.