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Indonesian navy retrieves CVR from crashed Lion Air Max: reports

The Indonesian navy has reportedly retrieved the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of the Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 that crashed on 29 October 2018.

Local media reports quoting a senior navy official say that the CVR was found at 09:10 local time on 14 January. It was buried under the sea floor in mud, in an area where the sea depth was around 30m.

The successful retrieval of the CVR comes a week after the navy started its search. This was after a Lion Air chartered ship failed to locate the recorder after a 10-day search.

The CVR is expected to be transported to Jakarta and handed over to Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), which is leading the investigation into the crash. The jet was registered PK-LQP.

The 737's flight data recorder was recovered on 2 November, and data from it featured in the NTSC's preliminary investigation report that was released on 28 November.

All 189 passengers and crew on board the 737 operating flight JT610 from Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International airport to Pangkal Pinang perished when the aircraft crashed into the sea near the town of Karawang.

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