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Indonesia Navy members carry part of the retrieved black field of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182, which crashed into the ocean on the weekend off the Jakarta coast, in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 12, 2021. — Reuters/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana
  • Flight knowledge recorder retrieved from Java sea
  • ‘Excessive confidence’ of discovering voice recorder — navy chief
  • Boeing 737-500 jet hit sea minutes after takeoff

JAKARTA: The flight knowledge recorder (FDR) of an Indonesian airplane that crashed into the Java Sea with 62 individuals on board on the weekend, was retrieved by divers on Tuesday.

Divers had additionally discovered a separate radio beacon, elevating hopes that the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) it was related to may quickly be discovered and reveal what brought about the airplane to lose management moments after takeoff.

“We are sure that, because the beacon that was attached to the cockpit voice recorder was also found around the area, so with high confidence, the cockpit voice recorder will soon be found,” navy chief Hadi Tjahjanto mentioned at a information convention.

With few instant clues on what occurred after takeoff, investigators will rely closely on the flight recorders to find out what went mistaken.

The Boeing 737-500 airplane plunged into the ocean on Saturday, 4 minutes after it departed from Jakarta’s important airport and disappeared off radar screens.

It was the second main air crash in Indonesia since 189 individuals have been killed in 2018 when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX plunged into the Java Sea quickly after taking off from Jakarta. The jet that crashed on Saturday was of a largely completely different design.

The Nationwide Transportation Security Committee (KNKT) expects to obtain the FDR knowledge inside two to 5 days, its chief Soerjanto Tjahjono mentioned.

‘Unveil the thriller’

“Hopefully we will be able to unveil the mystery of what caused this accident … so this becomes a lesson for all of us to avoid this in the future,” Soerjanto mentioned.

Earlier on Tuesday, extra human stays have been discovered on the crash website, in addition to private results, equivalent to wallets containing identification playing cards.

The airplane had been headed to Pontianak on Borneo island, about 740 km (460 miles) from Jakarta.

The KNKT’s preliminary findings confirmed the airplane’s engine was operating when it hit the water, based mostly on jet elements retrieved from the ocean.

“The damage on the fan blade showed that the engine was still working on impact. This is consistent with the hypothesis that the plane’s system was still working at 250 feet altitude,” Soerjanto mentioned.

Indonesia’s transport ministry mentioned earlier on Tuesday the jet, which was grounded through the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, had handed an airworthiness inspection on Dec. 14 and had returned to service shortly after.

The Sriwijaya Air airplane was practically 27 years outdated, a lot older than Boeing’s problem-plagued 737 MAX mannequin.

Older 737 fashions are extensively flown and would not have the stall-prevention system implicated within the MAX security disaster.

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