Indonesia Finds Cockpit Voice Recorder of Crashed Lion Air Boeing

Indonesia Finds Cockpit Voice Recorder of Crashed Lion Air Boeing

Divers found the device buried 8 meters (26 feet) deep in the muddy seabed.

"We don't know what damage there is, it has obvious scratches on it", Nugroho said.

The deadly crash was the world's first of Boeing 737 MAX family jets and sparked a tense debate over the safety of the aircraft, particularly since investigators confirmed that the same jetliner had experienced speed and altitude issues on its previous flights.

Haryo Satmiko, the deputy head of Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), told AFP...

The L3 Technologies Inc CVR was created to send acoustic pings for 90 days after a crash in water, according to an online brochure from the manufacturer.

Contact with flight JT610 was lost 13 minutes after it took off on October 29 from the capital, Jakarta, heading north to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.

Human remains were also discovered near the seabed location.

Investigators last week said they planned to use a navy ship for a fresh search for the crashed jet's second "black box" after a 10-day effort funded by Lion Air failed to find the cockpit voice recorder (CVR).

Pictures supplied by an official from the transportation agency showed bright orange paint on the CVR memory unit chipped, but no major dents. Lion Air, a low-priced airline serving Southeast Asia, signed a commitment with Boeing for 201 of the jets back in 2012 - part of a huge deal with a list price of $21.7 billion.

Despite a spotty safety record and an avalanche of complaints over shoddy service, the carrier's parent Lion Air Group - which also operates five other airlines - has become Southeast Asia's biggest airline group by fleet size in less than 20 years of operation.

The Lion Air 737's flight data recorder showed that pilots had repeatedly tried to correct its nose from pointing down, possibly after erroneous data from AoA sensors was fed into a system that automatically adjusts some of its movements.

Boeing has since sent updates that re-emphasize "existing procedures" for how pilots can manually override the system, as NPR's David Schaper has reported.

Search and rescue officials said they lost contact with Lion Air flight JT610 minutes after it left Jakarta, the country's capital. As Bloomberg reports: "According to Kirana, Boeing has yet to deliver about 250 jets to Lion Air".

Reuters reports that relatives of people who died on Flight 610 have filed at least three lawsuits against Boeing.