Indonesia finds cockpit voice recorder of crashed Lion Air plane

Growing questions have been raised about the Lion Air plane’s previous flight

Growing questions have been raised about the Lion Air plane’s previous flight

More than two months after the Lion Air jet fell into the Java Sea, killing all 189 people on board, the cockpit voice recorder has been found, an Indonesian official said on Monday, Reuters reported. The plane crashed in waters 30 meters (98 feet) deep.

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

"Even though we don't yet know the contents of the CVR, this is some relief from our despair", he said.

The two-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta on October 29.

A flight data recorder was recovered shortly after the crash, but listening to the last conversations between the pilots and ground control should help investigators finish piecing together what went wrong in the short flight.

Relatives of those who had died questioned why the plane had been cleared to fly after suffering problems on its Bali to Jakarta flight on October 28 that included a rapid descent after take-off that terrified passengers.

The bright orange voice recorder was discovered early Monday about 10 metres from a flight data recorder that was pinpointed back in November, authorities said.

Almost 30 relatives of the crash victims have filed lawsuits against Boeing, alleging faults with the 737 MAX led to the deaths.

Indonesian media reported in December that Lion Air's chief executive, Edward Sirait, said the airline was considering canceling its remaining orders for almost 200 of the Boeing planes.

Families and colleagues of the victims of Lion Air flight JT610 pray and cry on the deck of an Indonesia Navy ship as they visit the site of the crash.

In December 2014, an AirAsia flight from Surabaya to Singapore plunged into the sea, killing all 162 people on board.

Despite a dubious safety record and an avalanche of complaints over shoddy service, the budget carrier's parent Lion Air Group, which operates five other airlines, has captured half the domestic market in less than 20 years of operation.

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