Searchers have found the cockpit voice recorder from the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet, Reuters reported Tuesday.
Investigators had been waiting for the key piece of evidence to determine the cause of the crash that killed 162 people.
The cockpit voice recorder, which records conversations between the pilots and with air traffic controllers, was found close to where the flight data recorder was recovered from the bottom of the Java Sea on Monday, Metro TV reported, citing an air transport official
Two government officials with knowledge of the matter said divers had recovered an object but could not confirm what it was until after its serial number was verified.
Indonesia AirAsia’s Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control in bad weather on Dec. 28, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Indonesia’s second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore. There were no survivors.
The black boxes contain a wealth of data that will be crucial for investigators piecing together the sequence of events that led to the Airbus A320-200 plunging into the sea.
The cockpit voice recorder was now on board an Indonesian navy vessel and expected to be sent to the capital, Jakarta, for analysis.
Investigators may need up to a month to get a complete reading of the data.
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