The data recorder contains crucial information like engine temperature and vertical and horizontal speed; the voice recorder saves conversations between pilots and other sounds coming from inside the cockpit.Toos Saniotoso, an Indonesian air safety investigator, said investigators “are looking at every aspect” as they try to determine why the plane crashed. “From the operational side, the human factor, the technical side, the ATC (air-traffic control) – everything is valuable to us.”
Bad weather, which has hindered the search for the past several days, remained a worry. A drizzle and light clouds covered the area this morning, but rain, strong winds and high waves up to 4 meters (13 feet) were forecast until Sunday. Strong sea currents have also kept debris moving.
That has severely slowed recovery efforts, as well, as bodies drift farther and farther away.
Col Yayan Sofiyan, commander of the warship Bung Tomo, told MetroTV his vessel managed to pull seven bodies from the choppy waters today, five still fastened in their seats.
Soelistyo, who was only able to confirm two victims in their seats, said a total of 30 bodies have been recovered.
More than a third have been pulled out by a US Navy ship, the USS Sampson.
Soelistyo pledged to recover the bodies of “our brothers and sisters … whatever conditions we face.”
Four crash victims have been identified and returned to their families, including a flight attendant and a 12-year-old boy.
After today’s prayers (Friday), the holiest day of the week for Muslims, more than 200 people gathered at a mosque in Surabaya to remember the victims.
“We pray that the passengers in this AirAsia tragedy will be received by Allah,” the imam said, “and that all their sins will be forgiven by Allah.