Indonesia has found the cockpit voice recorder of a Lion Air plane that crashed off the country’s coast last year, Indonesian officials said Monday.
Lion Air Flight 610 plummeted into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, in late October, killing all 189 people on board.
Haryo Satmiko, deputy chief of the country’s transportation safety committee, confirmed in a text message on Monday morning that the cockpit voice recorder had been found.
The plane was a brand-new Boeing 737 Max 8, the latest model of Boeing’s workhorse 737. Its so-called black box, which records flight data, was recovered in early November. Data from that recorder appears to support a theory among investigators that a computerized system Boeing installed on its latest generation of 737 to prevent the plane from stalling instead forced the nose down.
The plane’s cockpit voice recorder could provide further insight into the steps taken by the pilots as the jet’s course became violently erratic in the minutes after takeoff.
Ridwan Djamaluddin, a deputy maritime minister, also said on Monday that human remains had been discovered on the seabed, The Associated Press reported.