Indonesia Recovers CVR of Crashed Sriwijaya Air Jet

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  • Director of Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency Rasman MS gives to an Indonesian National Transport and Security Commission (KNKT) officer the cover of the Cockpit Voice Recoder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182, which crashed into Java sea, at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    Director of Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency Rasman MS gives to an Indonesian National Transport and Security Commission (KNKT) officer the cover of the Cockpit Voice Recoder (CVR) and Flight Data Recorder (FDR) of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182, which crashed into Java sea, at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, January 17, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Divers have recovered the cockpit voice recorder from a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in January, and Indonesia’s air accident investigator said on Wednesday, March 31, it could take up to a week to be able to listen to the recording.

    The CVR could help investigators understand the actions taken by the pilots of the doomed jet, which crashed shortly after take-off on Jan. 9, killing all 62 people on board.

    A preliminary report by investigators released in February said the plane had an imbalance in engine thrust that eventually led it into a sharp roll and then a final dive into the sea. The report included information from the flight data recorder (FDR).

    Divers found the casing and beacon of the CVR from the 26-year-old Boeing Co 737-500 within days of the crash but had been searching for the memory unit in relatively shallow but muddy waters, where currents are sometimes strong.

    The CVR of Srwijiaya flight 182 was located late on Tuesday, the Transport Minister told a media conference. A navy official said it had been found under a meter of mud.

    “We will take CVR to lab for reading, about three days to one week,” the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) head Soerjanto Tjahjono said. “After that we’ll transcribe and match it to FDR. Without a CVR, in the Sriwijaya Air SJ182 case it would be very difficult to determine the cause.”

    Safety experts say most air accidents are caused by a combination of factors that can take months to establish. Under international standards, the final report is due within a year of the crash.

    Read: Sriwijaya Air Crash: KNKT Continues Search for Aircraft's CVR

    REUTERS