Divers fail to find AirAsia black boxes despite ping signal

2015-01-09 14:17

Indonesian divers sent to locate the flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed on December 28 returned empty-handed today, the armed forces chief said.

Earlier a search vessel equipped with a ping beacon detected a signal 300 metres from where the tail of the aircraft was found this week, General Moeldoko said.

The flight recorders are usually located in an aircraft’s tail section, and help investigators determine the chain of events that lead to an accident.

“We sent seven divers and they found some debris, but the black boxes were not there,” Moeldoko told TVOne broadcaster.

He said another group of divers who spent more than an hour examining the tail 30 metres underwater discovered that some parts of the tail section were missing.

“Our fear is that the black box was already separated from the tail,” said Moeldoko, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

He said sudden weather changes forced search crews to halt an attempt to retrieve the tail using lifting bags, which would be strapped to the tail and inflated.

The work would resume later Friday if the weather allowed, he said.

AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board. No survivors have been found.

The head of the National Search and Rescue Agency, Bambang Sulistyo, said the confirmed death toll from the crash rose to 48, after two more bodies still strapped to their seats were found today.

The search for the plane’s fuselage, thought to contain many of the victims’ bodies, is ongoing.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.