Indonesia air crash investigator hopes for recovery of cockpit voice recorder

Basarnas Extends Flight SJ182 Search Operation by 3 More Days

JAKARTA (REUTERS) : Indonesia’s air accident investigator is still hoping to recover the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from a crashed Sriwijaya Air jet to better understand information obtained from the flight data recorder (FDR), an official said on Tuesday (Jan 19).

The 26-year-old Boeing Co 737-500 plane crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta on Jan 9 with 62 people on board.

Information stored on the flight data recorder has been downloaded and includes 370 parameters as well as 27 hours of recordings covering 18 flights, including the accident, National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) Investigator Nurcayho Utomo said in a video statement.

Part of the CVR of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182 after being recovered during search and rescue operation at the Java sea off Jakarta coast on Jan 15, 2021.
Part of the CVR of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182 after being recovered during search and rescue operation at the Java sea off Jakarta coast on Jan 15, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

Parameters are a reference to the amount of data recorded from aircraft systems including the flight path, speed, engine power and flaps configurations.

The 370 parameters referenced by Mr Utomo is an increase from 330 parameters announced on Friday.

“We are really hoping the CVR could be found to support the data we recovered from FDR,” Mr Utomo said.

Indonesian divers found the CVR’s casing but are still searching for its memory unit, a navy officer said on Friday.

Chief of the National SAR Agency (Basarnas) Vice Marshal Madya TNI (Purn) Bagus Puruhito (second right) together with Basarnas officials give a press statement at JICT 2 Pier, Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Monday, January 18, 2021. In this press statement, the search operation for Sriwijaya aircraft Air SJ 182 was again extended for three days, starting from Tuesday (19/1) to Thursday (21/1). TEMPO / Hilman Fathurtahman W.

The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has again extended by three days the search operation for the bodies of passengers and debris of the crashed Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ-182.

“After taking into account various things at a meeting with the Transportation Ministry, KNKT (National Committee for Transportation Safety), DVI (Disaster Victim Identification) team, and other relevant parties, we (have decided) to extend the SAR operation by another three days,” Basarnas chief, Vice Marshal Bagus Puruhito, said at the Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), Pier 2, Jakarta on Monday.

During the extended search operation, Basarnas will evaluate its daily findings to assess the outcome, effectiveness, and obstacles in the field, he informed.

In addition, it will also reassess developments to decide further steps in the search operation, he said.

The KNKT plans to issue a preliminary report within 30 days of the crash, in line with international standards.

Representatives from the United States and Singapore are aiding the investigation.

On January 15, 2021, Basarnas had extended the search operation by three days following a week long search for victims and debris of the Sriwijaya Air plane, which had crashed in the waters off Seribu Islands on January 9, 2021.

As of Monday (January 18, 2021), the SAR team was yet to retrieve the second black box that contains the flight’s cockpit voice recorder. Meanwhile, the diving team continued to find body parts of the ill-fated plane’s passengers.

Puruhito said these were the two reasons behind the SAR team’s decision to extend the search operation.

Indonesian Navy personnels and Indonesian Rescue members carry debris of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182, which crashed to the sea, as they arrive at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, January 10, 2021. Officials said they may have detected signals that could come from flight SJ182. The Boeing 737-500 with 62 passengers and crew was headed to Pontianak in West Kalimantan before it disappeared on Saturday (January 9) from radar screens four minutes after takeoff. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
Indonesian Navy personnels and Indonesian Rescue members carry debris of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182, which crashed to the sea, as they arrive at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, January 10, 2021. Officials said they may have detected signals that could come from flight SJ182. The Boeing 737-500 with 62 passengers and crew was headed to Pontianak in West Kalimantan before it disappeared on Saturday (January 9) from radar screens four minutes after takeoff. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
Joint members of the National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) and the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) check on newly-found wreckages of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 at its post command, JITC2 Dock, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, Thursday, January 14, 2021. TEMPO / Hilman Fathurrahman W
Joint members of the National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) and the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) check on newly-found wreckages of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ182 at its post command, JITC2 Dock, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, Thursday, January 14, 2021. TEMPO / Hilman Fathurrahman W

He said bad weather had also hampered the search operation.

The Sriwijaya Air flight SJ-182, bearing the registration number PK-CLC, had lost contact on January 9, 2021, at 2:40 p.m. Western Indonesia time (WIB) shortly after take-off and crashed between Lancang Island and Laki Island, Thousand Islands, DKI Jakarta. The plane had departed from Jakarta and was headed to Pontianak.

Based on the manifest, the plane had 50 passengers and 12 crew members on board. Of the total passengers, 40 were adults, seven were children, and three were infants.

Meanwhile, the DVI team has identified five more bodies of passengers traveling on the flight, bringing the count of bodies identified as of Sunday evening to 29.

The five bodies were identified through the examination of DNA samples, Brig. Gen. Rusdi Hartono, chief of the public information bureau of the public relations division at the National Police, stated at a press conference at the Police Hospital in Kramat Jati, East Jakarta, on Sunday.

The DVI team had received the DNA samples of all the plane’s passengers as of Friday last week (January 15, 2021).

Source : REUTERS / THE STRAITS TIMES / ANTARA / TEMPO

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