After two months of the air crash, Indonesian search and rescue teams have found the cockpit voice recorder of the Lion Air Jet which crashed into the Java Sea on October 29th, 2018 and killed all 189 passengers on board.
Human remains such as bone fragments and other body parts were also discovered from the same location on the sea bed, officials said.
Lt Col Agung Nugroho, a spokesman from the Indonesian navy’s western fleet said, divers using high tech “ping-locator” equipment started a new search effort on Friday that helped them find the voice recorder beneath 8 meters (26 feet) of seabed mud. The plane crashed in waters 30 meters (98 feet) deep.
The device is being transported to a navy port in Jakarta and will be handed over to the transportation safety committee, which is studying the accident and investigating it.
It is believed that one of the ‘black boxes’, the voice recorder could provide some crucial insights into the what went wrong in the final moments of flight JT610, which was considered to be a brand new Boeing 737 Max 8. Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas said, it was at “exceedingly important discovery” and there was no reason authorities should not release the audio or transcripts to the public.
The preliminary report from the data retrieved from the flight recorder showed pilots fought to override the planes automatic safety system, which pulled the plane’s nose down two dozen times before the crash but the CVR is required essentially to find out what the pilots were saying and why the safety feature was not turned off.
According to the reports, the pilots first manually corrected an “automatic aircraft nose down” two minutes after takeoff and performed the safe feature time and again before the aircraft hurtled nose-first into the sea. The same feature was already proven faulty in earlier flights.
Safety is considered the top most priority for everyone and the sister of Lion Air co-pilot Harvino, Vini Wulandari,36, said, “ I’m really happy because we can know more about the causes of the incident.” Harvino left three children, a girl aged eight and two boys aged six and 18 months. “Life has changed a lot since the crash,” Wulandari said. “He had three little children. They will grow up without a father and it makes us very, very sad.”