Black Box from Lion Air jet in a glass container | REUTERS
Indonesian authorities on Thursday (November 1) retrieved a black box from a Lion Air jet that crashed and broke apart in shallow sea near the capital, Jakarta, this week, killing all 189 people on board.
“Hopefully, this can unveil the mystery behind the plane crash,” Indonesia’s transportation safety committee chief Soerjanto Tjahjono told a news conference at Jakarta’s main port after receiving the device, known as a black box.
The device should provide clues to what went wrong after the plane lost contact with ground staff just 13 minutes after taking off early on Monday (October 29) from Jakarta, on its way to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.
Indonesia’s transportation safety committee (KNKT) will analyze its data in Jakarta, which could take up to two weeks.
Searchers have yet to find the second black box containing recordings of cockpit conversations. Strong currents have hampered search efforts, complicated by the presence of energy pipelines in the area. — Reuters