Part of the wreckage that Indonesian officials identified as of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501. Unfortunately it seems it’s off from the tail. The AirAsia flight crashed into the ocean on Dec. 28, with 155 passengers and 7 crew on board.
The National Search and Rescue director S.B Supriyadi told AFP pings had been detected. “A ship detected the pings. The divers are trying to reach it,” he said. “The location of the ping is reported to be near where the tail was found.”
“We have our fingers crossed it is the black box. Divers need to confirm. Unfortunately it seems it’s off from the tail. But the divers need to confirm the position,” he said.
Poor weather conditions have hampered the search and retrieval effort. So far, 46 bodies have been pulled from the debris site along with parts of the plane. On Wednesday, the tail was discovered 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the plane’s last recorded location. AirAsia Flight 8501’s black box pings may have been detected, authorities say