Divers recover AirAsia cockpit voice recorder
Indonesian divers on Jan. 13 retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from beneath the wreckage of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea as the airline's boss vowed to overcome the "toughest times" he has known.
It came a day after the plane's other black box, the flight data recorder, was recovered. The devices should give investigators vital information about what caused the accident.
Flight QZ8501 went down on December 28 in stormy weather as it flew from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.
Just 48 bodies have so far been recovered, with many believed to be in the main section of the fuselage, which has not yet been found.
Indonesia's meteorological agency has said bad weather likely caused the Airbus A320-200 to crash but a definitive answer is impossible without the data recorders.
Rescuers have faced a lengthy, difficult search often hampered by bad weather but a breakthrough came at the weekend when they finally detected "ping" signals from the black boxes.
On Tuesday divers lifted the second black box to the surface and took it to the navy warship Banda Aceh, said Santoso Sayogo, an investigator from the National Transport Safety Committee.
"The CVR (cockpit voice recorder) has been lifted from the water and is in the ship," he told AFP, adding it would be flown to Jakarta later Tuesday.
The device had been about 32 metres (105 feet) under water, beneath a wing. It was not far from the first black box but took longer to retrieve as it was trapped under heavy wreckage.
The flight data recorder monitors information such as airspeed, while the cockpit voice recorder stores...