Tail of Crashed AirAsia Plane Found in Java Sea

An undated handout picture released by the Indonesian Search And Rescue Agency on January 7, 2014 shows a part of the crashed AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 laying on the sea floor. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The tail of AirAsia Flight 8501 has been found in the Java Sea.

The director of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, Bambang Soelistyo, made clear Wednesday that the tail section of the plane, marked with part of the airline's logo, had been detected by sonar.

Soelistyo, as cited by CNN, informed that no black boxes had been found yet.

The discovery of the tail of the crashed aircraft is important because it is believed to contain its voice and data recorders, or black boxes, which are expected to shed light on the cause of the crash.

The aircraft disappeared from radar and went down into the sea on December 28 en route from Surabaya to Singapore.

The aircraft had 162 people on board at the time of the accident.

No survivors have been found and 40 bodies have been recovered so far.

The search for victims and debris of the plane has been hampered by rough weather.

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