AirAsia Flight Tragedy QZ8501: CVR Found



JAKARTA, Jan 13 – The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 was recovered this morning and is now on board Indonesian navy vessel KRI Banda Aceh. According to a report by Indonesia’s MetroTV television station, the CVR was found not far from where the Flight Data Recorder (FDR) was recovered in the Karimata Strait, Kalimantan yesterday, and was intact.

The FDR and CVR are also called black boxes. The FDR records all technical details pertaining to a flight while the CVR all communications within the cockpit and between pilots and Air-Traffic Controllers as well with pilots of other aircraft flying along the same flight corridor.

The FDR was located at a depth of about 30 metres at Latitude 03″ 37.21 S and Longitude 109″ 42.42 E near where the tail of the plane was retrieved earlier. It has already been brought to Indonesia’s National Transport Safety Commission (KNKT) office here for analysis by experts.

According to KNKT head Tatang Kurniadi, the process of analysing the data would take awhile depending on the condition of the black box. The search mission enters its 16th day today. The team did not recover any bodies the past two days and are now focusing their search for the ill-fated plane’s fuselage section where most of the bodies of victims yet to be recovered are believed to be. Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief Bambang Soelistyo said the SAR was entering its final phase and that it would continue so as to bring closure to the families of the victims. 

So far the remains of 48 victims have been recovered. The identities of 30 of them have been confirmed. AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 crashed on Dec 28 while flying 155 passengers and seven crew from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Those on board comprised 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, a Singaporean, a Malaysian, a Briton and a French.

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