AirAsia Searchers Close In on Black Box Pings

At site 2 miles from where tail piece was recovered
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2015 11:09 AM CST
Parts of AirAsia Flight 8501 are seen on the deck of rescue ship Crest Onyx in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015.   (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
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(Newser) – Searchers combing the Java Sea for AirAsia wreckage are closing in on pings they're pretty sure are coming from the doomed plane's black boxes. Three Indonesian ships detected two sets of signals, which the AP describes as "intense," about two miles from where divers yesterday found the plane's tail piece. "The two are close to each other, just about 20 meters (yards)," says one official. "Hopefully, they are the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder." Sonar today revealed wing and engine debris in the vicinity of the pings, reports Sky News; officials believe the recorders are caught beneath the wreckage.

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