One of the flight data recorders (black box) of the crashed AirAsia Flight QZ8501 has been located by divers, reports Sky News. The news of the discovery of the black box of the aircraft, an Airbus A320, comes just a few hours after the Inquisitr reported about the news of a large section of the fuselage from the aircraft being found on the seafloor.
According to Channel News Asia, divers on the lookout for the flight data recorders found them stuck under the debris from the body of the aircraft. While they have confirmed that at least one of the black boxes have been found, it is expected to take them another day to retrieve them because of the debris that lies on top of it. Divers are also looking to recover several bodies that could be still lying within the debris of the fuselage located earlier today.
Tonny Budiono, a senior official from the Indonesian government, confirmed that one of the black boxes of the crashed AirAsia Flight 8501 has indeed been found.
“The navy divers in Jadayat state boat have succeeded in finding a very important instrument, the black box of AirAsia QZ8501,” he told reporters.
It has been almost a fortnight since the ill-fated aircraft on its way to Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia crashed with 162 people on board. All the people inside the aircraft have been declared dead. Speculation is still on regarding the circumstances behind the crash. Now that one of the flight data recorders has been found, investigators should be able to get a clearer picture of what happened during the final minutes of the plane before it crashed.
Prior to the discovery of the black box, divers had managed to recover a tail section of the aircraft from the sea. It was pulled out in a bid to look for the black box, which are positioned near the tail section.
According to SB Supriyadi, a director with the National Search and Rescue Agency, there are two in-flight data recorders on the A320-200 aircraft. While one records data from the flight, the other records the voices of the pilots in the cockpit. It is unclear at this stage as to which of these two data recorders has been found.
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