The voice recorder of the Lion Air flight that crashed into the Java Sea on October 29 was found, Indonesian officials said on Monday, a finding that should help investigators gather details of the convicted robbery that killed the plane. people on board.

Lt. Col. Agung Nugroho, spokesman for the Indonesian Navy, told reporters that the voice recorder of the "Boeing 737" ("black box") had been found near the crash site at 9:10 am local time, reported the Indonesian newspaper Kompas.

Fisheries and Fisheries Minister Luhut Pandjaitan confirmed this conclusion, the Jakarta Post reported.

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"It's a very good progress, I think the information in the box could clarify things," said Luhut.

The voice recorder was one of two black boxes used during the flight. the other, a flight data recorder, was found a few days after the accident.

A preliminary report based on the flight recorder data, released in November by the Indonesian National Committee for Transport Safety (KNKT), revealed that pilots were struggling to control the aircraft, its anti-stall system automatic repelling it repeatedly.

According to the report, the Lion Air Flight 610 pilots first encountered the problem minutes after take-off and continued to manually override the automatic control more than two dozen times, with data indicating the flight path irregular of the aircraft.

The contact was lost with the plane just 13 minutes after takeoff from the capital, Jakarta, en route to the city of Pangkal Pinang.

The jet, a new Boeing 737 MAX 8, had similar problems the night before, but the pilots had disabled the automatic safety feature.

The aircraft also had problems measuring speed and altitude on four flights in the three days before the end of the flight, according to the report. Two days before his last flight, an "angle of attack" sensor that measures the airflow over the wings of the aircraft has been replaced.

Family members of the accident victims filed lawsuits against Boeing alleging that the automated security system was defective and that the aircraft manufacturer had not adequately documented the accident. system in its operations manual nor trained the pilots to its use.

In a statement on the preliminary report, aircraft manufacturer Boeing said it was "deeply saddened by the loss of Lion Air Flight 610", while defending the Boeing MAX's safety, calling it "as safe as any aircraft that flew over the sky. "

Founded in 1999, Lion Air, based in Jakarta, has already had security and maintenance problems and was banned from flying in the European airspace from 2007 to 2016. The airline crashed in 2004, killing 25 people and many other incidents, including an accident in the sea near Bali, during which 108 passengers survived.

If the black box discovered on Monday is not damaged, his recordings of cockpit and background noise conversations could provide vital information about the malfunctions of the flight.

Human remains have also been found at the seabed site where the black box was found, said Ridwan Djamaluddin, deputy minister of the Navy, according to the Associated Press news agency.

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