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Black box from crashed Indonesian jet retrieved from debris on sea floor
JAKARTA—Indonesian divers on Nov. 1 retrieved a black box from a Lion Air passenger jet that crashed into the shallow sea off the coast of the capital, Jakarta, killing all 189 people onboard.
The device should provide clues to what went wrong after the plane lost contact with ground staff just 13 minutes after taking off early on Oct. 29 from Jakarta, on its way to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.
"We dug and we got the black box," a diver, identified as Hendra, told broadcaster Metro TV on board a search vessel, the Baruna Jaya, describing how his team found the orange-colored box intact in debris on the muddy sea floor.
The diver said he had seen only "small pieces" of the aircraft, and the search had closed in on the black box because of the "ping' signals it emitted.