_Divers Find AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Black Boxes In Java Sea

Divers find AirAsia Flight QZ8501 black boxes in Java Sea. Indonesian search crews believe that they have found Flight QZ8501’s black boxes, which will help the investigators find out why the plane crashed into the sea last December. The tail of Flight QZ8501 was also found after it was lifted from the sea. Read more on the story after the jump!

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After a two-week search for the bodies of victims and wreckage from AirAsia Flight QZ8501, search crews finally believe that they have found the plane’s black boxes. Divers are planning to retrieve the black boxes from the sea on Monday. Tonny Budiono, directorate of Sea Transport stated, “The Navy divers in Jadayat state boat have succeeded in finding a very important instrument, the black box of AirAsia QZ8501.” Indonesian search crews found pings from the black boxes about 100 feet below the water surface. Budiono says the boxes are believed to be stuck beneath the plane wreckage and that they are 60 feet apart from each other. The boxes will be picked up by using balloons to raise the wreckage from the crash to find the boxes. The tail of Flight QZ8501 was brought up out of the Java Sea on Saturday by using the same balloon technique.

The black boxes are bright orange and waterproof. They produce signals for 30 days so that they can be retrieved and found. Locating the black boxes will help investigators discover what made the plane crash into the sea. It is important to find the black boxes so that investigators can use them to reconstruct the last moments before a plane crash and to also help prevent crashes in the future. According to the National Search and Rescue Agency, 48 bodies have been recovered from the sight of the plane crash. 30 bodies of those 48 have been identified. The AirAsia plane crashed two weeks ago killing all 162 people onboard the flight.