Divers Retrieve 2nd AirAsia Black Box

Cockpit voice recorder freed from wreckage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 12, 2015 9:50 PM CST
Updated Jan 13, 2015 12:30 AM CST
Divers Retrieve 2nd AirAsia Black Box
Part of AirAsia Flight 8501 is lifted to the Crest Onyx ship in the Java Sea.   (AP Photo/Adek Berry, Pool)

Divers have retrieved the crashed AirAsia plane's second black box from the bottom of the Java Sea, giving investigators the essential tools they need to start piecing together what brought Flight 8501 down. An Indonesian Transportation Ministry official says the trapped cockpit voice recorder was freed from beneath the wing's heavy ruins early Tuesday from a depth of about 100 feet, a day after the aircraft's flight data recorder was recovered. The cockpit recorder will be flown to the capital, Jakarta, to be downloaded and analyzed with the other box. Since it records in a two-hour loop, all discussions between the doomed flight's captain and co-pilot during the 42-minute journey should be available. (More AirAsia stories.)

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