Indonesia will launch a renewed search effort as early as Tuesday to find the cockpit voice recorder from a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, the head of its accident investigation agency said.
"If the weather is good, the ship will start to depart today," National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) Chief Soerjanto Tjahjono told Reuters on Tuesday.
The crash, the world's first of a Boeing 737 MAX jet and the deadliest of 2018, killed all 189 people on board.
Investigators last week said they planned to use a navy ship for a fresh search for the crashed jet's second "black box" after a 10-day effort funded by Lion Air failed to find the cockpit voice recorder (CVR).
A KNKT source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the team will have seven days using the ship KRI Spica to find the CVR, which could hold vital clues giving investigators insight into the actions of the doomed jet's pilots.