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Lion Air plane crash: Cockpit voice recorder of convicted jet found out of Indonesia



Jakarta, Indonesia -, Indonesian officials said Monday, in a possible boost to the accident investigation. Ridwan Djamaluddin, a deputy maritime minister, told reporters that remnants of some of the 189 people who died in the collapse were also discovered at the seabed location.

"We got confirmation this morning from the National Transportation Safety Committee's president," Djamaluddin said.

A spokesman for the Indonesian Navy Western Navy, Lt. col. Agung Nugroho said divers using high-tech ping locator equipment had started a new search effort Friday and found the voice recorder under 26 foot seabed dredge. The plane crashed in water 98 meters deep.

"This is good news, especially for those who have lost our loved ones," said Irianto, father of Rio Nanda Pratama, a doctor who died in the collapse. "Although we do not yet know the contents of the CVR, this is a bit of relief from our despair," he said.

The unit was transported to a naval port in Jakarta, said Nugroho and will be transferred to the Transport Security Committee, which monitors the accident investigation.

Indonesian authorities intend to download the content of the device Monday, reports Reuters news agencies.

"We have our own laboratory and staff team to do so," said Haryo Satmiko, Deputy Director of the Transport Security Committee, to Reuters. He said downloading, transcribing and analyzing the content of the recorders who spent up to three months.

The 2 month old Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet fell into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta on October 29 killing all 1

89 people on board .

The news agency Reuters points out the cockpit voice recorder is one of two so-called black boxes decisive for the investigation of the crash

cockpit data recorder was restored three days after the collapse and showed that the jet's air velocity indicator had malfunction on the last four flights.

If the voice recorder is undamaged, it can provide valuable additional information to investigators.

Navychef Adm. Harjo Susmoro said the voice recorder was found only 164 meters from where the data recorder was located. He said the voice recorder signal, designed to last 90 days after a crash, would have stopped in about 15 days.

The Lion Air crash was the worst airline accident in Indonesia since 1997, when 234 people died on a Garuda flight near Medan. In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore fell into the sea and killed all 162 aboard.

Lion Air is one of Indonesia's youngest airlines, but has grown rapidly and flies to dozens of domestic and international destinations. It has grown aggressively in Southeast Asia, a rapidly growing region of more than 600 million people.

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