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Indonesian plane's black boxes still readable
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15:34, September 01, 2007

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The black boxes recovered earlier this week from an Indonesian jetliner that crashed in waters of Sulawesi on New Year's Day are still readable, local press said Saturday.

The black boxes belonging to Adam Air flight KI 574 and recovered Majene waters in West Sulawesi province were still in good shape and readable, although their outer layers were slightly damaged, reported English daily The Jakarta Post, quoting a senior official.

Experts had raised concerns that the flight data recorder and the cabin voice recorder, which were retrieved Monday and Tuesday from depths of at least 1,800-2,000 meters, might be useless due to the great pressure exerted on them underwater.

"The black boxes are in good shape. God willing, they're still readable," Transportation Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal was quoted as saying.

He said the black boxes would be taken to the United States next week to be analyzed. The black boxes are expected to reveal the recorded conversation between the ill-fated aircraft's pilot and co-pilot and shed light on the aircraft's condition in the last 30 minutes before the crash.

Jusman said the black boxes would be taken to the U.S. by the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Committee, Tatang Kurniadi.

The minister said it would take around three months to read and analyze the black boxes.

Apart from retrieving the black boxes, the EAS ship has also retrieved parts of the Boeing 737-400 that crashed with 102 people onboard.

Jusman said the debris were the biggest parts of the plane recovered yet, and were found around the black boxes, as shown in a video recording of the search process and retrieval of the black boxes.

"From the video recording ... there's no sign of human remains, " Jusman said.

Source: Xinhua

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