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    Indonesia safety board denies leaking Lion Air probe details

    JAKARTA (AP) – Indonesia’s transportation safety board denied on Thursday that it leaked details from its probe into the crash of a Lion Air flight in October last year.

    The Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Committee Soerjanto Tjahjono disputed reports describing conversations as the pilots panicked just before their Boeing 737 Max 8 plunged into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff on October 29.

    Interest in the investigation into the crash, which killed all 189 people aboard, has intensified following the crash of another Max 8 in Ethiopia earlier this month that killed 157 people.

    Tjahjono told reporters that data from the cockpit voice recorder did not match reports detailing how the pilot and co-pilot struggled to regain control of the plane as an automated system pushed its nose downward.

    “The contents of the reports were just opinions that someone or some people made to look as if they came from the CVR,” he said.

    Only Indonesia’s NTSC has the records from the flight, he said. “Everything is stored on our server, which is standalone, not connected to the Internet or anything, and we can only access it when we are going to evaluate it,” Tjahjono said. Indonesian investigators said they are still analysing conversations from the October 29 flight recorded by the cockpit voice recorder, which was only recovered from the seabed in January.

    Nucahyo Utomo, the official in charge of the investigation into the crash, said the agency was sharing information with United States (US) aviation regulators but that there was a recognition on both sides that laws in each country differ and that Indonesia does not publish such information.

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