Indonesia recovers black box recorders from crashed plane

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Indonesian authorities have located the black boxes from a passenger plane that crashed into the sea soon after take-off in Indonesia on Saturday.

The Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737 was carrying 62 people when it vanished from radar on its journey to Borneo.

Navy divers also located parts of the wreckage of a Boeing 737-500 in the Java Sea as rescuers pulled out body parts, pieces of clothing and scraps of metal from the waters where the incident occurred.

“The two signals emitted by the black box are continuously monitored and now we have them marked,” said Hadi Tjahjanto, Indonesian Armed Forces chief.

“Hopefully in not too long we can lift up the black boxes for the National Transportation Safety Committee to investigate and find out the cause of the crash.”

The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, or black boxes as they are often called, store data about planes. They can provide vital information in air accident investigations.

According to a statement by the transport ministry, Divers recovered parts of the plane about 23 metres (75 feet) below the water’s surface.

The search operation has been suspended for the night but is due to resume on Monday morning.

However, there appears to be no hope of finding any survivors.

The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, or black boxes as they are often called, store data about planes. They can provide vital information in air accident investigations.




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