Black Box from fatal Sriwijaya Air plane retrieved

Photo: PK-REN from Jakarta, Indonesia - Creative Commons

Indonesian authorities have retrieved one of the black boxes from a Sriwijaya Air plane that crashed into the Java Sea at the weekend, a navy spokesman said on Tuesday.

It was unclear whether it was the Boeing 737-500’s flight data or cockpit voice recorder.

The Boeing 737-500 plane with 62 people on board plunged into the Java Sea on Saturday, four minutes after taking off from Jakarta’s main airport.

The boxes were believed to be buried under sharp objects which needed to be removed first, Admiral Yudo Margono of the Indonesian navy said. They were thought to be about 75ft (23m) below the surface of the sea.

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