PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia (Christian Examiner) -- The fuselage of AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 has likely been located, which could mean that the elusive black boxes from the doomed plane are nearby, according to reports. Indonesian navy divers resolved to try again Monday to find more pieces of the plane while weather conditions were relatively calm in the Java Sea.
"(The divers) began diving very early in the morning to take advantage of the weather," Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, operations coordinator for the National Search and Rescue Agency, told Reuters in the town of Pangkalan Bun, the base for the search effort on Borneo.
The fuselage was thought to be in an area about three miles from where the tail of the plane was discovered after ships detected pings. Officials believe that the black boxes are somewhere close to the fuselage, which could also contain more of the 162 passengers lost in the crash.
"Divers will attempt to recover the black boxes by gradually shifting these layers of debris from the plane's body," Supriyadi said, "Hopefully, weather and sea currents are friendly today, so our drivers can retrieve this very important instrument."
If the divers cannot locate the black boxes, teams will attempt to lift the wreckage using large balloons, the same technique used to lift the tail section.
Once the recorders are retrieved and taken to the capital, Jakarta, for analysis, it could take up to two weeks to download data, investigators said. However, the information could be accessed in as little as two days if the devices are not badly damaged.
AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 crashed on Dec. 28. So far 48 bodies have been found.