Indonesian search teams announced Wednesday that they have found the second black box of the Sriwijaya Air company plane, which fell into the Java Sea with 62 people on board shortly after taking off from Jakarta last January 9.
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The head of the National Transport Safety Committee, Soerjanto Tjahjono, explained at a press conference that the cockpit voice recorder was found overnight Tuesday at a depth of one meter. The authorities expect the process of reading the data, transcribing and comparing the information with that obtained from the flight recorder (the other black box) to take between three days and a week, EFE reported.
According to the information from the first flight recorder after its discovery on January 15, the plane, which has been in service for almost 27 years, took off without problems, engaged the autopilot and upon reaching an altitude of 8,150 feet began to experience problems with the throttle lever.
The aircraft climbed to 10,900 feet (3,300 meters) and from that altitude stalled until it crashed in Java Sea waters near Jakarta.
A few days before the accident, two pilots twice reported a malfunction in the throttle system, which was repaired by mechanics. However, the air authority has been trying for months to find the cockpit voice recorder to find out why the pilots could not regain control of the plane.
According to the flight log, 50 passengers, including three infants and seven other minors, and 12 crew members, all Indonesian nationals, were on board the aircraft.
The crash of the Sriwajaya Air plane is the latest in a long history of airplane crashes in the vast Indonesian archipelago.
Indonesia, with more than 17,000 islands, is the most dangerous country to fly in Asia having suffered 104 civilian air accidents with 2,301 fatalities since 1945, according to data from the Aviation Safety Network.
The worst accident in Indonesian aviation history occurred in September 1997, when an Airbus of the Garuda airline crashed in the north of the island of Sumatra, resulting in the death of all 234 people on board.