AirAsia is a Malaysian Airline which handles many scheduled domestic and international air travels to approximately 100 destinations in 22 countries. Nearly two weeks ago, the plane of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which has a total of 155 passengers and 7 crew members, crashed into the Java Sea due to bad weather. At present, there are still 112 bodies left unrecovered and the search for the remaining victims’ bodies continues.
Today, January 10, the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed weeks ago was successfully lifted from the seabed of the Java Sea by means of inflatable balloons. Unfortunately, no black box had been discovered inside of it. Supposedly, the black box should have been inside of it but no recorder was found by the search teams.
Associated Press reports that according to General Moeldoko, an Indonesian military commander, it is very likely that the black box had driven out from the plane’s tail when the passenger plane plummeted into the Java Sea (ABC NEWS, 2015). The problem with this is that the black box is capable of emitting signals for only thirty days. Once its battery dies, divers would have less chance to find it. However, since the divers still has about two weeks left to find where it is, there is a high possibility that the black box can still be retrieved. As a matter of fact, according to the chief investigator of the plane crash, the black boxes would most likely be retrieved in a few days time based on the fact that more pings can now be heard by the search teams near the location of the tail in the Java Sea.
If ever the black box will be retrieved by the divers, the cockpit-voice recorder along with the flight data recorder will be able to help the investigators analyse effectively what could have been the main factors that caused the crash of AirAsia aside from the terrible weather condition during the aviation of the said AirAsia plane.
Greg Waldron, Flightglobal’s managing editor, explained that the data recorder is a helping piece which is highly vital for the investigation of the plane crash because it is capable of providing a vast amount of information about the plane’s activities, position, and speed before it crashed into the seabed of Java Sea last month.
Despite the slow-moving search of the rescue teams, many people still believe that it is a good thing that the tail of the AirAsia plane had already been discovered by the Indonesian Navy as this can be the key to answering the questions of the public as to why the plane crashed given that AirAsia is known for having a clear record from having accidents since 1996, the year it has been founded.
Because of this tragedy, Indonesia had recently employed stricter measures in monitoring AirAsia’s flights. It had already suspended its flights that follow the same route as the one that crashed last December 2014. In addition to this, it is also carefully putting under surveillance all the flights of Garuda Indonesia, Wings Air, Susi Air, and Lions Air in order to prevent the said airlines from committing any violations.