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Divers Retrieve AirAsia Flight Data Recorder

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Searchers on Monday retrieved the flight data recorder of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea two weeks ago with 162 people on board, Indonesian officials said.
 
"This morning I had an official report from the national transportation safety committee. At 7:11 we had succeeded in lifting the part of the black box known as the flight data recorder," said Bambang Soelistyo, head of the search and rescue agency Basarnas.
 
"What we have found and carried is the FDR" and we confirmed this as the object has a tag number and serial - PN-2100-4043-02 and serial number SN-000556583," he said.
 
"Now we are trying to locate cockpit voice recorder," he added.
 
The black box recorders are important because they should contain the pilots' final words and possibly various flight data.
 
Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 lost contact with ground control on December 28, less than half way into a two-hour flight from Indonesia to Singapore and crashed possibly due to bad weather.
 
In his last communication, the pilot of the Airbus A320-200 said he wanted to change course to avoid a storm.
 
Then all contact was lost.
 
Only 48 bodies, including at least two strapped to their seats, have been found in the choppy waters.
 
Indonesia's Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan assured the search to find the still untraced bodies would be funded by the state budget and the efforts would continue no matter how long it would take.
 
(Agencies)


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