According to media reports, the tail of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been found in the Java Sea. With the recovery of tail hopes of finding black box surface as the tail houses the “black boxes”. Black box of AirAsia QZ8501 could give investigators clues as to the cause of the crash.
The search teams found the tail in a secondary search area which has strengthened the speculations to theories that strong currents have moved the debris. However, most tragically no survivors have been found. The tail was spotted by teams involving divers and unmanned underwater vehicles. This is the first significant piece of shards from the crash to be identified.
Search and rescue Chief Bambang Soelistyo told the media that “We have found the tail that has been our main target today. I can ensure that this is part of the tail with the AirAsia mark on it.” He added that despite powerful sea currents and murky water, searchers had managed to take photographs of what appeared to be debris underwater.
The plane was lost while travelling from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore on 28 December, with 162 people aboard. Only 40 bodies have been recovered so far but the authorities believe many of the passengers may still be strapped inside the main body of the plane.