Adam Air Black Boxes Recovered

JAKARTA ~ A salvage crew has recovered the two black boxes from an Adam Air plane that crashed into the sea on New Year’s Day, killing all 102 people on board, officials said.

The Boeing 737-400 Air went missing off South Sulawesi, sparking a massive search. No bodies have been recovered.

“The two black boxes have been retrieved,” Adam Air spokesman Danken Sudrajat said on Tuesday.

A US-operated ship arrived last week to lead the recovery effort, which is being coordinated by Indonesia’s National Transport Safety Committee (KNKT).

KNKT head Tatang Kurniadi said that the flight recorders were now on board the ship and would be sent to the United States for analysis.

“Their physical condition makes us optimistic that their data can be read,” he said.

Experts have expressed concern that the data may be irretrievable due to them being exposed to such great pressure under water.

The flight data recorder was found on Monday at a depth of 2,000 meters while the cockpit voice recorder was retrieved on Tuesday at a depth of 1,900 meters, Transport Minister Jusman Sjafei Djamal said.

“They were found at the location that had been predicted by the Mary Sears,” he said, referring to the US ship.

He said that Indonesian authorities would work with the US National Transportation Safety Board to try to read the data from the boxes.

The aim was to “first, know why and how the accident took place, and second … issue recommendations to prevent a repeat of such an accident,” he said.

The plane was on a domestic flight from Surabaya to Manado. The plane’s body is believed to be lying in the Makassar Strait at a depth of some 1,700 meters.

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