Air Asia airline disaster

By Jacob Owens, News Editor

With the not-so-distant memory of plane disappearances in 2014, such as Malaysian airline in March of last year, yet another airliner had disappeared almost entirely.The Malaysian aircraft has not been located, but the most recent one has.

Air Asia flight QZ8501 was recently spotted via satellite. It was reported as a dark shadow in the water, according to the search team flying over to investigate and search for the wreckage.

According to NBC News, the passengers on Air Asia flight QZ8501 are reported to still be intact in the jet, buckled into their seats, which is a dismal, yet serene gravesite.

CBS News reports the cause of the crash is a result of the plane flying into a cloud, which froze the jet and caused it to plummet into its final resting place in the Java Sea, which is the eastern coast of Indonesia. No survivors were found, and all victims were found buckled into their seats.

All planes have a “black box” located somewhere on board. A black box records what goes on inside the plane at certain times. Flight recorders within the black box are designed to survive the impact of a plane wreck and double as a tracking beacon.

According to BBC News, a black box is able to record voices, alarms, switches being moved, engine noise, bangs, and even the crew moving around. The black boxes within the plane were recording what the plane was actually doing, like the speed it was going, its height, sudden changes in pressure, and even what the controls were doing.

Divers began the search for the jet’s black boxes, which were initially believed to be located in the tail of the airliner and were not found until January 10.

Researchers looked for the black boxes, and could not locate them, but both were finally located amongst heavy remains of wreckage within the cockpit of the plane.

In a statement made by BBC News, as of January 13, 48 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage. Further search teams will be deployed to investigate for further victims.

In an interview with BBC News, William Kai said, “We still have hope. We cannot lose hope.”

Kai is a brother-in-law and relative of three others aboard the plane. Kai awaits in Suribaya for their safe return.

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