PANGKALAN INDONESIA – Indonesian authorities say all evidence, to-date, point to AirAsia flight 8501 exploding after hitting the water.
The National Search and Rescue Agency bases its belief on the debris patters in the water, particularly the jet’s tail that broke apart, and the so-called black box thrown nearly two miles from the tail after impact.
They found the black box under one of the wings. It should show investigators what was going on with the plane in the minutes before it went down in the Java Sea with 162 souls on board.
Search teams also found the cockpit voice recorder, a critical part of the investigation. It’s under debris and still needs to be brought up.
The voice recorder picks up all sounds on the flight deck, including what the crew members were saying during the final moments.
Searchers still haven’t found the fuselage where they expect to find many of the victims.
They’ve recovered only 48 bodies, some of them still strapped in their seats.
Bad weather has hampered the search and recovery efforts since the plane went down on Dec. 28 on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore.
The last anyone heard from the pilot was a request to climb to a higher altitude to get away from the storms.
The voice recorder should answer the terrible question of what happened next.