The tail of the AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane lies on the deck of the Indonesian Search and Rescue (BASARNAS) ship Crest Onyx after it was recovered at sea on January 10, 2015. (AFP Photo / Prasetyo Utomo / Pool)
The flight recorder from the crashed AirAsia QZ8501 flight has been discovered in the Java Sea, Indonesian authorities confirmed in a statement.
According to the country’s Directorate General of Marine Transport, the black box will be retrieved from the seabed on Monday.
“The navy divers in [the] Jadayat state boat have succeeded in finding a very important instrument, the black box of AirAsia QZ8501,” said Tonny Budiono, a senior ministry official, as cited by AFP.
According to Budiono, the divers, who found the flight recorder on Sunday, failed to retrieve it on the spot because it was stuck under debris from the main body of the plane.
If the divers face obstacles on their way to the black box on Monday, the fuselage of the aircraft will be lifted with inflatable floating balloons, which were previously used to salvage the plane’s tail, officials said.
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