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Indonesia recovers cockpit voice recorder of crashed plane

IANS  |  Jakarta 

Indonesian on Monday recovered the cockpit voice recorder of the which had crashed into the Sea in October, killing all 189 people on board, including the flight's Indian

The data contained in the cockpit voice recorder, the second of the plane's two recorders also referred to as a "black box", will help investigators find out what caused 737 Max 8 jetliner to plunge into the water minutes after takeoff from

The flight, piloted by Indian Bhavye Suneja, was on a short journey to Pangkal Pinang city on October 29. It crashed minutes after the pilot asked for permission to turn back to the airport. The jet was only about two months old.

The flight's first black box, flight data recorder, was found in November, buried in debris on the floor of the Sea.

"The of the Indonesian Navy, assisted by the National Transportation Safety Committee, discovered the cockpit voice recorder," Rear Admiral Harjo Susmoro, of the Centre, was quoted as saying by

The recorder was found around 8.40 a.m. (local time) by a Navy diver, officials said.

Strong currents in the Sea previously complicated the as well as the intensity of the crash, which scattered the plane's wreckage all over the deep waters off the coast near

The small, was found 108 feet under the sea, buried under mud.

Findings suggest that had put the plane back into service despite it having had problems on earlier flights.

According to reports, the pilots appeared to struggle with an automated system designed to keep the plane from stalling. The anti-stalling system repeatedly forced the plane's nose down, despite efforts by pilots to correct it.

Investigators said the plane was not airworthy and should have been grounded.



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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 13:58 IST