AirAsia black box recorder recovered

Divers also think they have located cockpit voice recorder

Divers in the Java Sea have recovered the flight data recorder of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which vanished in bad weather on December 28 with 162 people on board. They are also trying to reach the cockpit voice recorder, which they believe they have located.

The tail of the Airbus A320-200, which was flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, had already been brought to the surface but the recorders were not inside.

The flight data recorder was found underneath one of the wings, officials said. The sound of “pings” had been detected over the weekend. Today, the weather was good enough for divers to finally retrieve the recorder. It is hoped that both recorders will reveal the cause of the crash and a precise timeline of what happened.

Most of the bodies of the people on board remain underwater, probably still trapped inside the fuselage, which has not yet been found. The international search for them continues.


[pictured: Secondary radar image shows Flight 8501 at altitude of 36,300ft (11,100m) and climbing, travelling at 353kn (654km/h); AirNav Indonesia Radar screenshot]