Searchers retrieve second black box from crashed AirAsia flight

Updated on Jan. 13, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. EST | A day after divers recovered the flight data recorder of AirAsia flight QZ8501, they have now retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from the plane wreckage 100 feet underwater, said Tonny Budiono of the Transportation Ministry.

Possessing both black boxes, investigators can now determine the cause of the plane crash, which could take up to two weeks. Both devices will be flown to Jakarta, Indonesia for analysis.

Updated on Jan. 12, 2015 at 10 a.m. EST | Underwater searchers retrieved the flight data recorder of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 early Monday morning, Indonesian officials said, while divers continued to search for the cockpit voice recorder in the Java Sea.

Divers brought the flight data recorder to the sea’s surface after freeing it from under a piece of the plane’s wing, said Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, operation coordinator for Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency.

Both black boxes were about 66 feet from each other underwater, amid the plane wreckage, he added.

Investigators will take the flight data recorder — and the cockpit voice recorder, once it’s retrieved — to Jakarta, Indonesia to analyze their data to determine what caused the aircraft to crash more than two weeks ago, the Associated Press reported.

Original story:

Indonesian search teams believe they’ve located the black box flight recorders of the AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea two weeks ago, officials announced Sunday.

Searchers have heard pings from the area where the plane’s tail was found Saturday, but strong winds and high waves have delayed efforts to find other parts of the wreckage, Reuters reported.

Divers hope to retrieve the recorders, which Transport Ministry spokesman J.A. Barata said are buried under layers of aircraft debris, on Monday.

Information obtained from the black box, the device that records voices in the cockpit and flight data, should help investigators determine what happened when Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 lost contact with air traffic control on Dec. 28 during a two-hour flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore.

All of the 162 people aboard the aircraft died as the aircraft crashed into the sea.