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Hunt for cockpit tapes after Indonesia jet crash

Members of National Transportation Safety Committee place a box containing the flight data recorder of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 retrieved from the Java Sea.- AFP
Members of National Transportation Safety Committee place a box containing the flight data recorder of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182 retrieved from the Java Sea.- AFP

INDONESIA: Divers scoured the seabed near Indonesia’s capital Wednesday for the cockpit recordings of a crashed passenger plane, after investigators said it would be days before they could read the flight data recorder that had already been salvaged.

The two “black boxes” could supply critical clues as to why the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plunged about 10,000 feet (3,000 metres) in less than a minute before slamming into the Java Sea soon after take-off on Saturday, taking with it 62 people.

Divers just off the coast of Jakarta had hauled the data recorder to the surface Tuesday, with the hunt now focused on finding a voice recorder on the wreckage-littered seabed.

The discovery came as a team from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) prepared to join the investigation in the capital, along with staff from Boeing, the Federal Aviation Administration and jet engine producer GE Aviation. Black box data includes the speed, altitude and direction of the plane as well as flight crew conversations, and helps explain nearly 90 percent of all crashes, according to aviation experts.

- AFP