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Indonesia confirms recovery of black box from crashed plane

Jakarta, Nov 1 (efe-epa).- Indonesian authorities on Thursday confirmed the recovery of one of the two black boxes from the Lion Air plane that crashed in the Java Sea earlier in the week with 189 people on board.

Irdriantono of National Transportation Safety Committee told EFE that divers had found the flight data recorder, while the search was still on for the cockpit voice recorder.

The search and rescue team retrieved the black box from a depth of around 30 meters (100 feet) after detecting a continuous signal from the waters off Cape Karawang, near Jakarta - the spot where the plane had crashed - since Wednesday.

NTSC experts will analyze the device, which could take up to six months, although a preliminary report is expected within a month, according to the Committee's head Soerjanto Tjahjono.

Irdriantono, however, said that the process could take up to a year as they would have to extract the data and verify them against existing information.

The remains of at least a dozen people have been retrieved from the sea so far, according to the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas).

Poor visibility in the waters, a muddy marine bed and strong currents have hampered search operations.

Rains are also expected late on Thursday, which could add to the woes of rescue workers.

The plane - flight number JT610 - had disappeared from the radars on Monday morning, 13 minutes after it took off from Jakarta airport at 6.20 am heading toward Pangkal Pinang on the island of Bangka.

Founded in 1999, Lion Air is Indonesia's largest low-cost airline and has had half a dozen non-fatal accidents and one fatal accident, which occurred in 2004 in the city of Solo, leaving 25 people dead.

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