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Divers recover one recorder from crashed Lion 737

Indonesian navy divers have recovered a recorder device from the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed on 29 October.

Based on on-line videos, it is not readily apparent if the device is the flight data or cockpit voice recorder, but it appears to be relatively undamaged. The deputy chief of National Transport Safety Committee Haryo Satmiko declined to comment on the device, stressing that both recorders need to be recovered.

Meanwhile, navy diver Sertu Hendra was quoted in local reports as saying that the device was found on the seabed, at a depth of 30m and away from the aircraft wreckage.

Source: KompasTV YouTube page

The recovery of the device comes hours after the possible location of the wreckage was identified, through the use of a remotely-operated underwater vehicle, as well as ping detectors.

Since 31 October, Basarnas has deployed five helicopters, 45 ships, and nearly 900 personnel to aid in search and recovery efforts. Overnight, eight body bags were brought ashore, bringing the total to 56. 189 passengers and crew died in the crash, the second worst air disaster in Indonesia's history.

The Lion Air 737 was operating as flight JT610 on the Jakarta-Pangkal Pinang route. Contact was lost 13 minutes after it took off from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International airport at 06.20 local time. It crashed into the sea near the town of Karawang in the province of West Java.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that the aircraft was delivered on 13 August 2018, and bears serial number 43000. It is equipped with 180 seats, and managed by CMIG Leasing.

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