Tail section should contain black boxes
The tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been found in the Java Sea, Indonesian searchers are confirming. The find is important as the tail contains the flight’s “black boxes”, or voice and flight data recorders, which could reveal why the plane came down. Black boxes typically have a 30-day lifespan.
AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed in the Java Sea on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-biggest city, to Singapore on December 28. The Airbus A320-200, carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members, vanished from radars around 40 minutes into the flight.
The tail was located in a secondary search area, possibly because powerful currents moved the debris. No survivors have been found and only 40 bodies have so far been recovered. Others are believed to still be strapped inside the main section of the plane.
“We have found the tail that has been our main target today,” search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo said. “I can ensure that this is part of the tail with the AirAsia mark on it.”
Divers and unmanned underwater vehicles have been searching for the wreckage, though the process has been hampered by bad weather, strong currents and murky water.