AirAsia QZ8501: Black box data recorder retrieved…

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The recorder, one of two black boxes containing vital information, was brought to the surface at 7:11 am, said national search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo.

“We succeeded in bringing up part of the black box that we call the flight data recorder,” Soelistyo told.

He said that it was found under the wreckage of a wing and added that divers were still hunting for the second black box, the cockpit voice recorder.

National Transport Safety Committee senior investigator Mardjono Siswosuwarno told AFP that the black boxes would be sent to Jakarta and analysed at the committee’s laboratory.

The flight data recorder monitors factors such as airspeed and heading, while the cockpit voice recorder stores radio transmissions and sounds in the cockpit.

Flight QZ8501 crashed on December 28 en route from Indonesia’s Surabaya to Singapore. Indonesia’s meteorological agency has said that stormy weather likely caused the Airbus A320-200 to go down but a definitive answer is impossible without the data recorders.

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