AirAsia QZ8501: French investigators set to arrive at crash site

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  • Friday, 02 Jan 2015

A map with the mark "TKP" (C), believed to indicate the possible location of the wreckage of Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501, is seen on board SAR ship Purworejo at Kumai port, Pangkalan Bun district, Jan 1, 2015. - REUTERS

PARIS: The French crash investigation agency will deploy its specialist black box search team and equipment at the search area for Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501. 

According to France’s BEA crash investigation agency, the team will arrive early Friday. Flight QZ8501 crashed on Sunday en route from Indonesia to Singapore. 

The agency assists in the investigation of any air crash involving an Airbus aircraft because the company is France-based.

"During the morning of January 2nd, local time, a ship will be taking the investigators to the search area, with detection equipment including hydrophones, in order to try to locate the acoustic beacons from the two flight recorders," BEA said in a statement. 

Heavy seas stopped divers reaching the possible wreck of the AirAsia Indonesia jet off Borneo on Thursday and an aviation official said it could be a week before the black box flight recorders were found. 

Flight QZ8501 with 162 people on board was travelling at 32,000 feet (9,753m) and had asked to fly at 38,000 feet to avoid bad weather. 

When air traffic controllers granted permission for a rise to 34,000 feet a few minutes later, they received no response. 

It lost contact with the Jakarta Air Traffic Control about an hour after take off and was confirmed to have crashed on Dec 30 after debris found around the area of last point of contact was confirmed to have been from the plane.  - WIRES
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