Sriwijaya Air plane’s flight data recorder retrieved

Sriwijaya Air plane's flight data recorder retrieved
Indonesian officials will now try to retrieve data from the recovered black box. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Indonesian search teams have retrieved one flight data recorder, known as “black box” from the crashed Boeing 737 passenger plane on Saturday. The incident cost 62 lives.

The flight data recorder of the plane was brought ashore, but the teams are still trying to locate the cockpit voice recorder.

The authorities hope that data from the black boxes can give important clues on the possible cause of the crash.

Last month, the 26-year-old aircraft passed an airworthiness inspection and preliminary results showed it was still functioning and intact before it crashed.

Sriwijaya Air’s flight SJ182 was en route from the Indonesia’s capital Jakarta to the city of Pontianak on Borneo island.

Meanwhile, Police in Indonesia have identified the first victim – Okky Bisma, a 29-year-old flight attendant.

On Tuesday, Indonesia’s transport ministry said the aircraft had been grounded during the coronavirus pandemic, and passed an inspection on 14 December.

The passanger plane made its first flight five days later with no passengers before resuming commercial flights on 22 December.

The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) said that preliminary findings showed that the plane had reached the height of 10,900ft (3.3km) at 14:36 local time on Saturday (07:36 GMT), then made a steep drop to 250ft at 14:40, before it stopped transmitting data.

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