Divers have also found the second black box of a Sriwijaya Air disaster aircraft in Indonesia.
The authorities have searched for more than two months for that cockpit voice recorder (CVR), which contains sounds from the cockpit. According to a navy employee, it was eventually found under a meter of mud.
The find may shed more light on the cause of the plane crash, which killed 62 people. The Boeing 737-500 crashed into the Java Sea shortly after takeoff in January.
The Indonesian Transport Safety Commission (KNKT) says that without the second black box, it would be complicated to determine the cause of the crash.
The CVR is transferred to a laboratory, where it will be read. That could take from three days to a week, predicted the head of the committee. Divers had already found the aircraft’s other black box in January. It contained information from the equipment of the crashed plane.
The SJ-182 disaster was the deadliest plane crash in the country since 2018 when a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX crashed into the Java Sea. All 189 people on board were killed.