AirAsia Black Box Found, Details To Emerge Next Week

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The black box from the AirAsia QZ8501 flight is to be retrieved on Monday 12th January, according to Indonesia officials. They have confirmed that they have found the black box on a press release on Sunday January 11th. 

AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed two weeks ago, killing 162 on board as it flew from Surabaya to Singapore.

Channel News Asia reports:

In the release, Navigation Director of the Transport Ministry Tonny Budiono said navy divers from Indonesia navy ship KN Jadayat found the black box at a depth of 30 to 32 meters. Mr Budiono later told MetroTV that Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore officers were on board the KN Jadayat.

The black box is currently wedged between pieces of wreckage making it difficult for divers to retrieve, and due to time constraints, retrieval will take place on Monday morning, said Mr Budiono. The search crew will attempt to retrieve the black box by moving parts of wreckage to loosen it from where it is currently stuck, and if that fails, the same balloon method used to lift the tail of the plane will be employed.

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