Divers have found both of the black boxes from the AirAsia flight that crashed more than two weeks ago into the Java Sea and have brought one of them to the surface, an Indonesia official says.
Henry Bambang Soelistyo, chief of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, told reporters the flight data recorder was brought to the surface by four divers early Monday morning, USA Today reports.
Divers found the second black box, the cockpit voice recorder, just hours after the retrieval of the other black box was announced, Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, operation coordinator at the national search and rescue agency, said.
The cockpit voice recorder is wedged under heavy pieces of wreckage and divers are working to free it, Supriyadi said.
Underwater searchers began to hone in on the two important pieces of equipment after hearing pings from the devices Sunday. but their efforts 100 feet beneath the surface were thwarted by murky conditions and heavy currents.