The flight data recorder of crashed AirAsia Indonesia (Indonesia AirAsia) (Jakarta) flight QZ 8501 operated with the pictured Airbus A320-216 PK-AXC (msn 3648) has been located under the wing. The device was retrieved and is good condition and has been sent to Jakarta for analysis according to the The Straits Times quoting BASARNAS, the lead search and rescue agency of Indonesia. The cockpit voice recorder has also been located in the wreckage underwater in the Java Sea but has not yet been recovered.
AirAsia issued this statement yesterday:
AirAsia Indonesia wishes to inform the latest development on the SAR operation of flight QZ 8501 lead by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia.
Good weather and clear visibility have allowed for SAR operations to continue with the focus remaining on the search and recovery of the passengers in the primary search area.
SAR vessels and sea divers also approached the area where the pings were detected, suspected to be the location of the aircraft’s black box. No additional remain recoveries were reported today.
In Surabaya, the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today announced that they were able to identify three more remains, 1 Indonesian known as Vera Chandra Kho (female) and 2 South Koreans, identified as Kyung Hwa Lee (female) and Seongbeom Park (male).
To date, BASARNAS has confirmed to have recovered a total of 48 remains of which 32 remains have been identified by DVI POLRI and 16 remains are still being identified.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. PK-AXC is pictured arriving at Singapore before the tragic crash.