The black box voice recorder from a Boeing 737 MAX 8 Lion Air aircraft which crashed off the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia in October killing all 189 on board has been found today.
Reuters reported deputy chief of Indonesia’s transport safety committee (KNKT), Haryo Satmiko as saying the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) had been found “but we have not received information of the location yet”.
He said the voice recorder was found at around 09:00 local time (02:00 GMT) and it was reportedly found 8m deep (26ft) under mud on the sea floor.
A weak signal from the recorder had been detected “for several days” reports claim.
Now the voice box has been found, investigators can start to finish piecing together what happened on the fatal crash on 29 October as they will be able to listen to conversations between the pilots and ground control on the CVR.
In November, investigations found the aircraft had “repeated speed and altitude issues”. It crashed shortly after taking off from Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, as it was heading for Pangkal Pinang in the Bangka Belitung Islands.
The report released by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) said that the 737 also had problems with the speed and altitude on the four flights in the three days prior before it crashed.