Divers took advantage of the calmer weather conditions this week and were able to retrieve the cockpit voice recorder from the wreck of AirAsia Airbus A320-200 on Tuesday, a day after recovering the flight data recorder.
The cockpit voice recorder, which holds 2 hours of conversations between the pilot, co-pilot, crew and air traffic control, was found close to where the flight data recorder was recovered from the bottom of the Java Sea. The flight data recorder was under a wing and the cockpit voice recorder was wedged under heavy pieces of wreckage nearby.
The two devices, known collectively as the “black box,” were found in excellent condition and are seen as crucial to understanding what brought down AirAsia Flight QZ8501 two weeks ago with 162 people on board.
While it may take at least a few weeks to analyze all the data and 1-2 days download all of it, a popular theory is that airplane exploded on impact with the water after plummeting more than 30,000 feet.
48 bodies have been retrieved from the Java Sea so far and brought to Surabaya for identification. Searchers believe more bodies will be found in the plane’s fuselage.