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AirAsia flight data recorder retrieved from sea

By Reuters

 AirAsia flight data recorder retrieved from sea
Indonesian crew of the Crest Onyx ship prepare to unload recovered wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 at port in Kumai on Jan11, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY)

JAKARTA - A team of Indonesian navy divers retrieved on Monday the flight data recorder from an AirAsia airliner that crashed two weeks ago, killing all 162 people on board, a government official said.

"This morning I had an official report from the national transportation safety committee. At 7:11 we had succeeded in lifting the part of the black box known as the flight data recorder," Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, head of the search and rescue agency, told a news conference.

"We are still trying to find the cockpit voice recorder."

Flight QZ8501 vanished from radar screens over the northern Java Sea on Dec. 28, less than half-way into a two-hour flight from Indonesia's second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore.

The cockpit voice and flight data recorders are vital to understanding what brought Flight 8501 down on Dec. 8, killing all 162 people on board.

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