Hunt for cockpit tapes after Indonesia jet crash

JAKARTA (AFP) – Divers scoured the seabed near Indonesia’s capital yesterday for the cockpit recordings of a crashed passenger plane, after investigators said it would be days before they could read the flight data recorder that had already been salvaged.

The two “black boxes” could supply critical clues as to why the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500 plunged about 3,000 metres in less than a minute before slamming into the Java Sea soon after take-off last Saturday, taking with it 62 people.

Divers just off the coast of Jakarta had hauled the data recorder to the surface on Tuesday, with the hunt now focused on finding a voice recorder on the wreckage-littered seabed.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin