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Air Asia Fuselage Found - Photos

The fuselage of Air Asia 8501 has been found.  Underwater photos taken by a ROV were posted on Facebook by Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, reposted below.

<< Singapore Navy ship locates fuselage of AirAsia QZ8501 >>

AirAsia 8501 - Both Black Boxes With NTSC

Data Analysis Begins Soon

It has now been confirmed officially that the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) has been recovered.  It was delivered to the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) in a case containing water.


(Photo: Elza Astari Retaduari/detikcom)
AirAsia QZ8501 - No Explosion

Air Asia flight 8501 did not explode: it burst open on impact with the water.

Many English language news outlets are reporting that the plane "exploded".  It appears that there has been a gross failure in translation.  The Indonesian word 'meledak' is ambiguous: it can mean 'explode', but it can also mean 'burst'.


Meledak sama pecah - 'explode' can mean 'rupture.
Air Asia Black Box Located

Detik News reports that divers operating from the vessel KN Jadayat have located the black box from Air Asia flight 8501.

Sunday, 01/11/2015 19:26 pm
Divers from KN Jadayat Discover Aircraft Black Box In Crushed Wreckage
M Iqbal - detikNews
Air Asia 8501 - Tail Section Raised
Ocean Currents in the South Asian Archipelago

The losses of AirAsia QX8501 and Malaysia Airlines MH370 are tragic.  I hope that the relatives may find some comfort in the knowledge that their loved ones will have a lasting monument in improvements in air safety and in improved knowledge of our planet's oceans and climate.

As a direct result of the loss of MH370 a large scale ocean-floor survey was commenced, leading to almost daily discoveries of scientific importance. 

MH370 Operational Search Update—07 January 2015