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Denpasar/Jakarta — Indonesian Navy divers retrieved the black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air Boeing jet that plunged into the Java Sea shortly after take-off from Jakarta on Saturday afternoon, a key step in discovering what caused the aircraft carrying 62 people to crash.

Black boxes are crucial to understanding what happened as they capture sound in the cockpit and monitor flight data. The aircraft in this instance was a nearly 27-year-old Boeing 737-500, not the much newer 737 just emerging from a 20-month worldwide grounding after two crashes, including a Lion Air flight in October 2018 that also plummeted into Indonesia’s Java Sea...

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