Black boxes from the AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea in December have finally been found, according to multiple media outlets.
An Indonesian Transport Ministry spokesman told Bloomberg that divers on Sunday found the boxes, which could help provide vital information about what went wrong on Flight 8501. According to AFP, the divers weren’t immediately able to retrieve the boxes because they are stuck under debris.
An Indonesian official confirmed the news to USA Today. The official said that the rescue crew will attempt to retrieve the boxes on Monday.
The doomed flight from Indonesia to Singapore went missing on Dec. 28, 2014 about 40 minutes after takeoff, killing all 162 people on board. Days later, debris and human remains were found in the Java Sea. On Friday Jan 9, the plane’s tail was recovered.On Sunday, divers believed they had also discovered what they believed to be the fuselage, or the main cabin of the plane.
AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted on earlier on Sunday that “we are led to believe Blackbox may ha e[sic] been found. Still not confirmed. But strong info coming. But my man [sic] thoughts is fuselage.”