Mystery over Lion Air crash jet black box as investigators REFUSE to reveal what was on cockpit voice recorder until September
- The second black box containing voice recordings was discovered on January 14
- Recorder’s contents will not be released until a final crash report later this year
- The Boeing 737 MAX jet crashed into the sea on October 29, killing 189 people
The Lion Air crash investigators will not release the contents of the flight’s black box voice recordings until August or September.
The second black box, recovered from the Java Sea north of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on January 14, could provide a detailed account of the pilots’ last actions.
Investigators need to filter the recording for ‘background sounds’ and the contents will not be made public until a final report into the crash is published.
The Boeing 737 MAX crashed into the sea on October 29, killing 189 people in the deadliest plane crash of 2018.
An Indonesian transport official shows the cockpit voice recorder – one of two black boxes – from the Lion Air flight after it was found last week. Its contents will not be released for months
Contact with flight JT610 was lost 13 minutes after it took off from Jakarta, heading north to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.
Cleaning up the recording ‘might take one or two weeks because it was noisy inside (the cockpit),’ said transportation official Soerjanto Tjahjono.
The transcription would not be made public until the safety committee’s final report is released ‘between August to September’, he said.
A group of relatives of victims had urged the transportation safety committee to reveal ‘everything that was recorded’ and to work independently.
Under international rules, a final crash report is due within 12 months if that is possible.
The recorder was found buried deep in soft mud on the sea floor in water 98 feet deep last week.
Rescue workers sift through a huge pile of personal belongings from passengers which were found floating in the ocean, after the crash in October last year
A weak signal from the recorder – which was designed to send acoustic pings for 90 days after a crash in water – was detected several days earlier.
The flight’s data recorder – the second black box, which despite their name are bright orange – was found in November.
A preliminary report in November focused on airline maintenance and training, a Boeing anti-stall system and a recently replaced sensor, but did not give a cause for the crash.
Lion Air has faced scrutiny over its maintenance and training standards since the crash.
Relatives of victims have also filed at least three lawsuits against Boeing, after the world’s first crash of a 737 MAX jet.
The plane manufacturer said last Monday that it was taking ‘every measure’ to support the investigation.