After searching for two weeks, finally Indonesian navy divers have found one of the black box flight data recorders from an AirAsia airliner that crashed into Java Sea killing 162 people including 155 passengers and 7 working staff, On Monday, a government official said.
Flight QZ8501 lost contact with the air traffic at nearly 5 pm on December 28, soon after due to bad weather flight crashed into Java Sea in middle of Surabaya to Singapore journey.
“At 7:11, we succeeded in lifting the part of the black box known as the flight data recorder,” Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, the head of the National Search and Rescue Agency, told reporters at a news conference.
The first black box was found under plane’s wing. Second black box has also been located based on ping sent by its emergency transmitter but haven’t yet retrieved, an official said.
Recovered black boxes will be taken to the city of Jakarta where detailed analysis will be done to know the exact cause of plane crash. It might take up to several months for complete analysis as reading the downloaded data from the data recorder is very precarious and time-consuming task. However, national weather bureau has already said that seasonal storm and bad weather might be an influential factor.
Since the last two weeks the black boxes have sent several pings but they got lost in strong winds and bad weather, Siswosuwarno said.
Moreover, out of 162, 58 bodies have been recovered from the Java Sea, and more bodies are believed to be retrieved in near future. “All the ships, including the ships from our friends, will be deployed with the main task of searching for bodies that are still or suspected to still be trapped underwater,” Soelistyo said, referring the multinational force helping with the search and recovery effort.