Indonesia finds Lion Air jet’s cockpit voice recorder

All 189 passengers and crew died when the Lion Air Boeing 737 plummeted into the sea after take-off from Jakarta

Contact with flight JT610 was lost 13 minutes after it took off on October 29 from the capital, Jakarta, heading north to the tin-mining town of Pangkal Pinang.

Relatives of those who had died questioned why the plane had been cleared to fly after suffering problems on its Bali to Jakarta flight on October 28 that included a rapid descent after take-off that terrified passengers.

Authorities called off the grim task of identifying victims of the crash in November, with only 125 people officially identified after tests on human remains that filled some 200 body bags.

A voice recorder and the remains of some of the 189 victims of a devastating air crash have been discovered by divers in Indonesia.

"It's been found, but we have not received information of the location yet", Haryo Satmiko, deputy chief of Indonesia's transport safety committee (KNKT), said by text message, according to Reuters.

"We don't know what damage there is, it has obvious scratches on it", Nugroho said.

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The CVR, which is one of two so-called "black boxes", was buried under eight meters (26 feet) of mud on the ocean floor and was found inside the current search area of 500 to 1,000 meters (546 to 1,093 yards) from the crash site, Navy spokesman Lt. Col. Agung Nugroho told CNN.

Listening to the last conversations between the pilots and ground control could help investigators to finish piecing together what went wrong in the short flight.

Officials had said then that it could take up to six months to analyse data from the black boxes.

The crash was the world's first of a Boeing 737 MAX jet and the deadliest of 2018.

The anti-stalling system repeatedly forced the plane's nose down, despite efforts by pilots to correct this.

After investigators said the doomed aircraft had problems with its airspeed indicator and angle of attack (AoA) sensors, Boeing to issue a special bulletin telling operators what to do when they face the same situation.

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