Both AirAsia black boxes found, one lifted from sea – Indonesia rescue chief

A section of the tail of AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane is seen on the deck of the ship Crest Onyx, the day after it was lifted from the seabed, as it arrives at Kumai Port, near Pangkalan Bun, central Kalimantan January 11, 2015 (Reuters / Darren Whiteside)

(RT) The flight data recorder of AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been lifted from the Java Sea, the head of the Indonesian search and rescue agency said. The divers then found the plane’s second black box.

A team of Indonesian navy divers on Monday retrieved the first black box from the plane, which crashed on December 28 killing all 162 people on board.

“This morning I had an official report from the national transportation safety committee. At 7:11 we had succeeded in lifting the part of the black box known as the flight data recorder,” Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, head of the search and rescue agency, was quoted by Reuters.

Hours later, AP quoted officials as saying that the location of the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) had also been established – 20 meters from the flight data recorder. However, the divers haven’t yet been able to free it from the plane’s wreckage.

“Hopefully, it can be retrieved within hours today,” Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, operation coordinator at the national search and rescue agency, told AP.

The AirAsia QZ8501 search and recovery operation is an international effort, with Indonesia getting support from Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, South Korea, Japan, China, the US Navy and Russia’s Emergencies Ministry.

Source: RT News

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