AirAsia Recorders Located
Indonesian government officials say divers have located the cockpit voice and flight data recorders from AirAsia Flight 8501 but they are trapped under wreckage and haven't been retrieved. Searchers hoped to shift the wreckage enough to get at the recorders Monday. The recorders will likely have clues, if not outright answers, to the questions that linger about the circumstances of the crash, which killed all 162 people on board. The wreckage is in 100 feet of water, an easily accessible depth for divers, but bad weather and strong currents have hampered the search.
Officials also have said they believe they've found the fuselage of the aircraft, which likely contains the bodies of many of the crash victims. So far 48 bodies have been recovered. A sonar image has located an object 30 feet long, 13 feet wide and eight feet tall on the seabed off the coast of Borneo. "A team of divers has already been sent to prove this data. The diving operation has started," Supriyadi, the operations coordinator for the National Search and Rescue Agency, told Reuters.