JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesian investigators piecing together the crash of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182 last Saturday, January 9 have managed a breakthrough, as an Indonesian Navy Search and Rescue team managed to retrieve one of the airline’s two black boxes.
According to Kompas TV’s Breaking News segment, the team found the black box between the Laki and Lancang Islands of Jakarta’s Thousand Islands regency at 4 pm on Tuesday, January 12, the vicinity where the Boeing 737-500 was estimated to crash.
A Sea Rider speedboat from the Indonesian Navy’s 1st Fleet brought the black box to the Jakarta International Container Terminal 2 at the port of Tanjung Priok, where it will be investigated by the National Committee of Transportation Safety [KNKT].
Indonesian Armed Forces Commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto confirmed the retrieval of Flight SJ 182’s black box. “The black box that was found contained [Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182’s] Flight Data Recorder or FDR,” he said in a press conference on Tuesday evening.
“Initially Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono reported that the FDR was found at 2 pm, which proved to be misleading as it was only fragments of the FDR. So I told him to continue searching, leading us to eventually find the FDR.”
Yet Hadi noted that the joint SAR teams still have work to do on Flight SJ 182, whose remains were found at a depth of 23 meters.
“The SAR teams still have to find the Cockpit Voice Recorder [CVR], which contained the pilots’ conversation in the cockpit, in the second black box,” he asserted. “Hopefully we will find the CVR soon, as we found its homing beacon.”
Indonesia has mustered 3600 men from the National Search and Rescue Agency [ Basarnas] and military personnel to search for Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182. The units included 54 naval ships, 13 planes and helicopters, as well as 40 jet skis and ambulances.