42 Bodies found from 162 feared dead during the Air Mishap
Indonesia AirAsia’s Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control in bad weather on December 28, during a two-hour flight from Indonesia’s second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore.
Divers have retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the wreck of the doomed AirAsia passenger jet which crashed into the sea killing 162 people.
The cockpit voice recorder was on board an Indonesian navy vessel and expected to be sent to the capital, Jakarta, for analysis, MetroTV said, quoting a transport official.
The cockpit voice recorder, which retains the last two hours of conversation between the pilots and with air traffic controllers, was found close to where the flight data recorder was recovered from the bottom of the Java Sea on Monday.
When asked if the so-called black box was found, Santoso Sayogo, an investigator at the National Transportation Safety Committee, told
"We can confirm".
Investigators may need up to a month to get a complete reading of the data.
The AirAsia group’s first fatal accident took place more than two weeks ago, but wind, high waves and strong currents have slowed efforts to recover bodies and wreckage from the shallow waters off Borneo island.
Dozens of Indonesian navy divers took advantage of calmer weather this week to retrieve the black boxes and now hope to find the wreckage of the Airbus.
Forty-eight bodies have been plucked from the Java Sea and brought to Surabaya for identification. Searchers believe more bodies will be found in the plane’s fuselage.
"Our main task is to find the victims," Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, head of the National Search and Rescue Agency, told reporters before heading to Surabaya to meet families of the victims.
"Even if both (black boxes) are found, it doesn’t mean that our operation is over."
Relatives of the victims have urged the authorities to make finding the remains of their loved ones the priority.
Er Jigna Shah [BE, MBA]