THE LION AIR crash investigation has hit a breakthrough after Indonesian divers were able to retrieve a black box from the wreckage of the plane, which may contain answers as to what went wrong.
One of the divers, Hendra, said “we dug and we got the black box” from debris on the seafloor.
He added the black box was orange in colour and intact but did not say whether the item was the flight data recorder or the cockpit voice recorder.
The Lion Air flight JT610, which was carrying 189 people, plunged into the Java Sea on Monday.
Hendra told broadcaster Metro TV on board the Baruna Jaya ship that divers had found the black box and brought it to the surface.
A black box is a flight recorder placed in an aircraft for the purpose of facilitating investigations in the event of a crash.
The Lion Air flight first sparked concern after it disappeared from radar just thirteen minutes after taking off from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
It took off at 6.20am local time and lost contact at 6.33am (11.33pm GMT).
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 was headed for Pangkal Pinang, another city in Indonesia.