Merpati flight black box found

08/05/2011 18:37

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sun, 05/08/2011 5:50 PM | Archipelago

Merpati MA 60

Merpati MA 60The flight data recorder of a Merpati Nusantara Airlines plane that crashed Saturday has been found, an official said Sunday.

“The black box was found at 4p.m. local time [2 p.m. Jakarta],” Kaimana Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Antonius Wantri Julianto was quoted as saying by news portal

Julianto said police divers found the black box in a good condition.

As of 5p.m. Sunday, 21 bodies have been reportedly recovered.

There has been public speculation the Chinese-made Xian MA60 turboprop was of substandard build quality, prompting calls for an investigation.

The aircraft crashed into the sea Saturday just short of Kaimana airport in West Papua.