Data recovered from crashed Indonesia jet’s flight recorder

JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesian investigators have successfully recovered data from a crashed passenger jet’s flight recorder, days after the plane with 62 people aboard slammed into the sea, they said yesterday.

“(It’s) all in good condition and we’re now examining the data,” National Transportation Safety Committee head Soerjanto Tjahjono said in a statement.

The recorder, which holds information about the speed, altitude and direction of the plane, could supply critical clues as to why the aircraft plunged about 3,000 metres in less than a minute before crashing into waters off Jakarta last Saturday.

A rescue party near the capital’s coast has worked for days to salvage human remains and wreckage from the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500, as well as two flight recorders.

More than 3,000 people are taking part in the recovery effort, assisted by dozens of boats and helicopters.

Divers on Tuesday hauled the data recorder to the surface, with the hunt now focussed on finding a cockpit voice recorder on the wreckage-littered seabed.