Many of us have heard the tragic news about the AirAsia Flight 8501, and how it crashed into the Java Sea, two weeks ago.
Since the flight was discovered, divers and rescue teams have been searching the area in hope to find something worth saving from the wreckage, and divers have just discovered a vastly important piece of cargo, one of the black boxes from aboard the plane.
The search and rescue teams were using vessels that were able to detect three pings near the wreckage, but because of environmental factors such as, strong winds, high waves, and powerful currents, efforts were delayed, and a team of Indonesian divers decided to wait till early Monday, when everything calmed down.
A news conference was held where Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, the head of the National Search and Rescue Agency, told reporters that, “At 7:11, we succeeded in lifting the part of the black box, which is actually a flight data recorder”.
The plane lost contact with air traffic control on December 28, and this black box may tell us what happened after the plane lost touch with the rest of the world.
The recorder will most likely be taken to the capital, Jakarta, according to officials, but it may take anywhere from two days to two weeks to download the information off the box, depending on its condition.
There has been reports of 48 casualties, who were discovered within the wreckage, but more are expected to be found in the fuselage. They need to search for every part of the plane, so that families can find out what happened that night in December. These families need closure, if all 148 passengers did all die because of the impact of the crash, and search parties of all types are working on giving these families the answers they desperately need.
“We are still trying to find the cockpit voice recorder,” states Soelistyo. The searching of the site is nowhere finished.
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