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AirAsia 8501 - More Bodies Retrieved, More Data Released

Detik News reports that there was some difficulty in relocating the fuselage.  Sidescan sonar was used and the fuselage was discovered "a few centimeters" from the last reported coordinates.  This highlights the difficulties faced by the divers: quite apart from the strong currents, visibility is very poor due to silt and sand stirred up by the weather and currents. Furthermore: parts of the plane tend to get buried by sand and silt.
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
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Air Asia 8501 - Tail Section Raised