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Divers can find AirAsia black boxes

Why did AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash two weeks ago? The investigators have come a little closer to the investigation. Indonesian Navy divers have found the flight recorder of the crashed AirAsia passenger plane. The flight recorder, which has saved technical data, was successfully recovered, said the head of the search and rescue authority, Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo. The device was jammed under the part of a wing.

The second device, which records the conversations in the cockpit, has now also been found by divers. However, they have not yet been able to recover the voice recorder from the aircraft wreckage at the bottom of the Java Sea. Signals from the devices had previously been received and finally located.

Adverse Circumstances

The Airbus A320 of the low-cost airline AirAsia with flight number QZ8501 crashed on December 28 with 162 people on board on the way from Surabaya to Singapore. The wreck was searched for for days. The machine crashed into the sea between the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. The sea is rarely more than 50 meters deep there. However, strong winds, rough seas and strong currents hampered the search for wreckage and corpses. The flight data recorder had not been lifted with the tail section on Saturday. The devices are usually built in there, but must have been swept away on impact or by the current. 48 bodies had been recovered by Monday.

Investigators hope the evaluation of the flight recorder will provide information about the cause of the crash. Just before the machine disappeared from the radar, the pilot had asked permission to change course in order to avoid thunderclouds. However, there were at least six other planes in the vicinity that arrived at their destination airports unharmed despite the storm.

stu / wl (afp / dpa)