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The crash of AirAsia QZ8501 was not likely due to terrorism, Indonesian investigators said in their first remarks since analyzing the cockpit voice recorder.

There were also indications that the plane encountered bad weather.

The AirAsia plane is thought to have gone down on December 28 when it encountered difficulties from an approaching storm.


All 162 people onboard the flight from Surabaya to Singapore perished.

Two more bodies were recovered on January 19, bringing the total found so far to 53.AirAsia black box

Investigators had listened to the entire two-hour recording, and found that there was no threatening voice on board.

The recording appeared to indicate that the pilot was too busy attempting to regain control of the aircraft to send a distress signal.

Some of the parameters retrieved from the flight data recorder seemed to indicate that the plane had encountered bad weather.

More analysis was needed from the rest of the 1,200 parameters to determine the exact weather conditions and the impact the weather had on the plane’s engines.

Investigators have only transcribed half of the cockpit voice recording and that would require more analysis as well.

Search teams managed to find the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder last week.

The fuselage of the plane, believed to hold most of the bodies, has also been located and search teams are now working out how to retrieve it.

The authorities are expected to issue a preliminary report on the crash on January 28.

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The black box flight recorder of crashed AirAsia Flight QZ8501, say Indonesian officials.

They believe they have also located the cockpit voice recorder, the second part of the so-called black box, but divers have not yet managed to reach it.

AirAsia flight QZ8501 disappeared in bad weather on December 28 with 162 people on board.

The aircraft, which was flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, is thought to be deep in the Java Sea.

Dozens of bodies have been recovered but most of the victims are believed to still be inside the fuselage, which has not been found.

Speaking in Jakarta, the head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency Bambang Soelistyo told reporters: “I received information from the National Transport Safety Committee chief that at 07:11, we succeeded in bringing up part of the black box that we call the flight data recorder.”

He said the flight data recorder was found under the wreckage of a wing.AirAsia black boxes found

Hours later, other officials said the cockpit voice recorder had also been detected but divers had not yet managed to reach it.

The two recorders, usually housed inside the rear part of the plane, are designed to survive a crash and being submerged in water. They contain underwater locator beacons which emit so-called “pings” for at least 30 days.

Suyadi Bambang Supriyadi, operations co-ordinator for Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, said that based on initial analysis of the wreckage, the plane could have “exploded” upon landing on the water.

“The cabin was pressurized and before the pressure of the cabin could be adjusted, it went down – boom. That explosion was heard in the area,” he was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

Over the weekend, three ships detected pings that were thought to be from the black box’s emergency locator transmitter. However, strong currents and high waves prevented the search operations.

The tail section of the Airbus A320-200 was brought to the surface, but the flight recorder was not inside it, as had been hoped.

On January 12, weather allowed for divers to retrieve the flight data recorder.

The international search for the fuselage and the remaining missing passengers and crew is continuing in the Java Sea.

Bambang Soelistyo said all ships now “will be deployed with the main task of searching for bodies that are still or suspected to still be trapped underwater”.

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The tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed two weeks ago has been recovered from the seabed, the Indonesian navy has announced.

Divers used an inflatable device to pull the tail to the sea’s surface.

They are also searching for the plane’s “black box” flight recorders, which officials believe have been separated from the tail section.

AirAsia flight QZ8501 disappeared from radar in bad weather on December 28 with 162 people on board. It was flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.

Forty-eight bodies have been retrieved so far. Search teams believe most of the remains may still be inside the fuselage of the plane, which has yet to be found.

On January 9, pings were detected in the Java Sea near where the tail was found. Officials said they could have come from the plane’s “black box” flight recorders.

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The rear part of the Airbus A320-200 was spotted on January 7 by an unmanned underwater vehicle at a depth of about 100ft.

It was upside down and partially buried about 20 miles from the point of last contact with the plane, off the coast of Borneo, authorities said.

Search teams have been pulling bodies and wreckage from the sea but progress has been slow due to high waves and stormy weather.

The cause of the crash is unknown but the plane had encountered bad weather and asked for a flight path change before communication was lost.

The “black box” flight data recorders are usually housed inside the rear part of the plane.

They are designed to survive a crash and being submerged in water, and contain underwater locator beacons which emit the so-called “pings” for at least 30 days.

Finding them has been one of the top priorities for search teams as they provide crucial clues from the last moments of the flight before it came down.

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Search teams have announced that “pings” have been detected in the Java Sea which could have come from the “black box” flight recorders of AirAsia flight QZ8501.

The pings were heard near where the plane’s tail was found. Officials say the black box could have been separated from the rear part of the plane.

Flight QZ8501 disappeared from radar on December 28 with 162 people on board.

No survivors have been found from the Airbus A320-200, which was flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.

“We received an update from the field that the pinger locator already detected pings,” said Santoso Sayogo, an investigator at the National Transportation Safety Committee.

“We have our fingers crossed it is the black box. Divers need to confirm. Unfortunately it seems it’s off from the tail. But the divers need to confirm the position.”Pings detected in search for AirAsia crashed plane

The “black box” flight data recorders are usually housed inside the rear part of the plane. They are designed to survive a crash and being submerged in water, and contain underwater locator beacons which emit the so-called “pings” for at least 30 days.

Finding them has been one of the top priorities for search teams as they provide crucial clues from the last moments of the flight before it came down.

The cause of the crash is unknown but the plane encountered bad weather and asked for a flight path change before communication was lost.

The rear part of the plane was spotted on January 7 by an unmanned underwater vehicle at a depth of about 30 meters.

Authorities said it was upside down and partially buried about 20 miles from the point of last contact with the plane, off the coast of Borneo.

The commander of the Indonesian armed forces, Gen. Moeldoko said on January 9 the tail appeared to be in broken condition.

Authorities have been pulling bodies and wreckage from the sea but progress has been slow due to high waves and stormy weather.

Forty-six bodies have been retrieved so far. Search teams believe most of the remains may still be inside the fuselage of the plane which has yet to be found.

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