The pilots' final words spoken on board the doomed Sriwijaya Air jet could be listened to within days.
Divers in the Java Sea, Indonesia where the plane tragically plunged underwater, have recovered its cockpit voice recorder (CVR).
The Boeing 737-500 was operating as flight SJY182 when it lost contact during a flight from Jakarta to Pontianak on January 9.
Indonesia’s air accident investigator said on Wednesday that it is likely to take a week before being played back, SCMP reports.
Investigators hope the CVR will reveal what actions were taken by the pilots 26-year-old jet before it crashed shortly after take-off, killing all 62 people on board.
In February, a preliminary report using the flight data recorder (FDR) suggested that the plane made a sharp roll before a final dive into the sea due to an imbalance in engine thrust.
Divers retrieved the CVR's casing and beacon within days of the crash but did not unearth from the memory unit of the Srwijiaya flight 182 until late on Tuesday.
A navy official said it had been dug up from under a metre of mud.
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Soerjanto Tjahjono, the head of the Indonesia National Transportation Safety Committee said: “We will take CVR to lab for reading, about three days to one week.
"After that we’ll transcribe and match it to FDR. Without a CVR, in the Sriwijaya 182 case it would be very difficult to determine the cause.”
Major air accidents are typically the result of not one fault but combination of factors which in this instance, are expected to be confirmed in a final report due within a year of the crash.
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Plane travel is essential in connecting Indonesia's thousands of islands but the Sriwijaya 182 is only the latest in the country's recent history of air disasters.
A Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX jet fell from the sky into the sea in October 2018, killing 189 people on board.
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The 737 MAX aircraft was retired globally due to a faulty anti-stall system after the 2018 tragedy and another in Ethiopia.
The 737 that crashed in January was not a MAX variant.
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