AirAsia flight QZ8501: Divers in Indonesia bring flight data recorder to the surface

AirAsia flight QZ8501 disappeared in bad weather on 28 December with 162 people on board

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Divers in Indonesia have retrieved the cockpit voice recorder of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501, officials have said.

The retrieval comes a day after the first piece of the so-called black box - the flight data recorder - was found and brought to shore

Information such as the condition of the engine, whether the plane had stalled and what the pilots were doing, could be revealed from the data that is kept on the two devices.

Speaking in Jakarta, the head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency Bambang Soelistyo told reporters that the device was found under the wreckage of a wing.

"I received information from the National Transport Safety Committee chief that at 07:11 (00:11 GMT), we succeeded in bringing up part of the black box that we call the flight data recorder," he said.

 

AirAsia flight QZ8501 disappeared in bad weather on 28 December with 162 people on board.

The aircraft, which was flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, is thought to be deep in the Java Sea.

Mr Soelistyo said all ships now "will be deployed with the main task of searching for bodies that are still or suspected to still be trapped underwater".

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