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Tail of crashed AirAsia plane found in Java Sea

The tail section of the AirAsia jet that went down with 162 people on board 10 days ago was found on Wednesday in the Java Sea, raising hopes of a  breakthrough in recovering the plane’s crucial black box to determine the cause of the mysterious crash.

“I can confirm that what we found was the tail part from the pictures,” Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia’s search and rescue told reporters in Jakarta, adding  the search team “now is still desperately trying to locate the black box”.

“I can ensure that this is part of the tail with the AirAsia mark on it,” he said.

Underwater photographs were exhibited showing partial lettering on the wreckage on the seabed compared with a picture of an intact AirAsia Airbus A320-200.

The tail section was found 30 kms from the plane’s last known location. The tail is where the black boxes are located.

The black boxes are considered the key piece of evidence when it comes to investigating a commercial plane disaster as they provide valuable information, from a  plane’s air speed to the position of the landing gear, to pilot communications.


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