AirAsia cockpit recorder retrieved

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Published: Tuesday 13th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Divers have retrieved the crashed AirAsia plane’s second black box from the bottom of the Java Sea, giving investigators the essential tools they need to start piecing together what brought Flight 8501 down.

Senior Transportation Ministry official Tonny Budiono said the trapped cockpit voice recorder was freed from beneath the wing’s heavy ruins from a depth of about 30 metres (100ft), a day after the aircraft’s flight data recorder was recovered.

It will be flown to the capital Jakarta to be downloaded and analysed with the other box. Since it records in a two-hour loop, all discussions between the captain and co-pilot during the 42-minute journey should be available.

The Airbus A320, which was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, to Singapore, crashed on December 28, killing all 162 people on board.

Published: Tuesday 13th January 2015 by The News Editor

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