Indonesian researchers reported Wednesday that divers seized the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of Sriwija’s flight SJ182 that crashed in the Java Sea near Indonesia on January 9, shortly after takeoff. The accident killed all 62 passengers.
On the CVR you can hear what the pilots said in the cockpit. Based on the recordings, researchers hope to learn more about the cause of the crash.
The CVR’s metal casing was found a few days after the disaster, but its contents are still missing. The flight data recorder (FDR), containing the flight technical data, was actually found just days after the disaster. Together, both memory carriers make up the plane’s black boxes.
Based on FDR, researchers came to the initial conclusion in February that something was wrong with the propulsion of the Boeing 737-500 engines. As a result, the plane turned sharply to the left at an altitude of about 3 kilometers and dived into the sea.
The CVR, which was under a layer of clay about one meter, is now being transported to the lab. The memory cards will take anywhere from three days to a week to read. The final report on the disaster expedition must be published within a year of the accident.
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