Divers find AirAsia black boxes

BLACK BOX: The flight data recorder from AirAsia 8501 was found by divers on the Java Sea bed.

INDONESIAN Navy divers have recovered the flight data recorder and black box cockpit voice recorder from the AirAsia flight which was lost with 162 people on board.

Following a fortnight-long search hindered by bad weather conditions, the flight data recorder, which monitors data including airspeed and direction, and voice recorder, which records radio transmissions and sounds within the cockpit, were found in the Java Sea.

The devices are being taken to Jakarta for analysis.

Experts suggested the aircraft had exploded before impact because the cabin was unable to adapt to the pressure changes caused by a steep descent, yet the exact sequence of events is unconfirmed at this time.

Although conversations with ground control units in Singapore and Indonesia are known, the voice recorder will hopefully reveal conversations that took place within the cabin and reveal why no Mayday call was issued.

AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared from radars on the Surabaya (Indonesia) to Singapore route two weeks ago and all passengers and crew died in the accident.

So far 48 bodies are reported to have been recovered, but bad weather is still hampering efforts to locate remaining victims and wreckage.

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