Six weeks after the crash, an investigation into the Lion Air accident that killed 189 people has stalled thanks to a lack of money; the investigators in Indonesia say they need a specialized ship to recover the cockpit voice recorder that was in the aircraft, and it’s just too expensive to rent one.
Six weeks ago, a new Boeing 737 MAX flying with Indonesia’s Lion Air crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 189 passengers and crew on the plane. And although the flight data recorder was recovered quickly, investigators have yet to obtain the cockpit voice recorder. As a result, the investigation into the crash has been put on hold.
Investigators blame a lack of money for not finding the cockpit voice recorder. They say a specialized ship is needed to find it in the sea, and it’s just too expensive to get one.
“We don’t have further funds to rent the ship,” one of the investigators told Reuters, reported by AV Web.
The recorder may hold the answer to exactly what caused the plane to crash. Initial reports from the flight data show that a stall protection system built into the plane, called MCAS for Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, was working just before the flight went down. With the voice recorder, investigators will be able to see how the crew was reacting to the system. It appeared to have faulty sensors.
In response to Boeing’s reaction to the crash, which Lion Air says is insufficient, the airline is cancelling $22 billion worth of orders from the company.