Indonesia’s transport ministry announced on Wednesday that it had recovered the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of a Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea shortly after take-off on Jan. 9, claiming the lives of all 62 people on board.
A news conference to discuss the find will be held at 1100 local time (0400 GMT), according to an media invitation from the ministry sent to reporters.
A navy spokesman, La Ode Muhamad Holib, told Reuters that the CVR was found on Wednesday. A ministry spokeswoman declined to comment on whether it was in good condition.
Divers found the casing and beacon of the CVR from the 26-year-old Boeing Co 737-500 within days of the crash but had spent around 3 months searching for the memory unit in relatively shallow but muddy waters that sometimes attract strong currents.
It took a similar amount of time to recover the cockpit voice recorder of the Lion Air 737 MAX that crashed in nearby waters in 2018.
An initial report by investigators into the Sriwijaya crash pointed out that the plane had an imbalance in engine thrust that eventually led it into a sharp roll and then a final dive into the sea.
That report included information from the plane’s other “black box”, the flight data recorder, which was recovered soon after the crash. The CVR could help investigators understand the actions taken by the pilots.