Why recovering AirAsia Flight QZ8501's black box is so important

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What Is the 'Black Box', Really?

By RYAN GORMAN

Commercial aviation disasters usually only have one survivor -- the plane's black box -- but very few people know why the device is so important.

The black box actually refers to two devices, a cockpit voice recorder and a flight data recorder. All commercial airplanes are required to have the devices, which are not actually black, but blaze orange with reflective strips to make them easier to locate.

AirAsia Flight QZ8501's black box will partly tell the story of how the plane crashed into the ocean.

Investigators located the wreckage of the doomed Singapore-bound flight Tuesday morning off the coast of an island in the Java Sea. Three bodies have reportedly been recovered along with luggage, a plane door and other parts, but the black boxes have yet to be found.

As boats and helicopters begin the grim process of recovering bodies and debris, another team is already at work looking for the black box.

Black boxes are virtually indestructible. They provide the data necessary to help investigators piece together the flight's final moments.

The cockpit voice recorder continuously logs the last 30 minutes of conversation between pilots and air traffic control. It cycles over until the end of the flight, be it a safe landing or a catastrophic crash.

The flight data recorder logs information from the host of instruments used by pilots to fly the aircraft.

Speed, elevation, atmospheric conditions, fuel levels, weight and every adjustment made by a pilot is logged inside the black box.

Aviation experts have theorized that Flight QZ8501 went down after the engines stalled while trying to climb above a violent monsoonal storm.

Data from the black box can help to confirm or refute those theories. But it is only useful if the device is found.

The vital data is located by sonar devices scanning for an ultrasound beacon emitted by the black box that can be detected in depths of several thousand feet. Those pulses are usually emitted for about 30-days.

The Java Sea location where Flight QZ8501 crashed is believed to be about 100-feet-deep. Locating anything at that depth is not considered by investigators to be difficult, especially a device emitting a homing beacon.

Those ultrasounds can be picked up by ships, submersibles or even aircraft.

The search for the doomed AirAsia flight's black boxes continues, but is not expected to last very long.

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Why recovering AirAsia Flight QZ8501's black box is so important
Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency chief Bambang Soelistyo, speaks during a press conference joined by government rescue officials and relatives of missing passengers of AirAsia plane crash in Jakarta on January 28, 2015. Indonesia's search and rescue agency said January 28 that 92 victims still missing following an AirAsia flight QZ8501 plane crash could be lost on the seabed or have been swept away after no more bodies were found in the jet's fuselage. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)
MAKASSAR, INDONESIA - JANUARY 30: Indonesian rescuers carry a coffin from the underwater crash site of AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Makassar sea and Majene sea, on arrival at Bhayangkara Hospital in Makassar, Indonesia, on January 30, 2015. Indonesia's military has halted its recovery efforts for the crashed AirAsia plane, including attempts to locate bodies and raise the fuselage from the Java Sea. Hopes faded January 28, 2015 of finding 92 victims still missing from an AirAsia plane crash as Indonesian search and rescue authorities said the remaining bodies could have been swept away or lost on the seabed. (Photo by Jefri Tarigan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MAKASSAR, INDONESIA - JANUARY 30: Indonesian rescuers carry a coffin from the underwater crash site of AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Makassar sea and Majene sea, on arrival at Bhayangkara Hospital in Makassar, Indonesia, on January 30, 2015. Indonesia's military has halted its recovery efforts for the crashed AirAsia plane, including attempts to locate bodies and raise the fuselage from the Java Sea. Hopes faded January 28, 2015 of finding 92 victims still missing from an AirAsia plane crash as Indonesian search and rescue authorities said the remaining bodies could have been swept away or lost on the seabed. (Photo by Jefri Tarigan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
National disaster agency officers load debris of the AirAsia flight 8501 onto a truck in Surabaya, eastern Java island, on January 17, 2015. Indonesian divers again failed to reach the main body of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the sea last month with 162 people on board, as strong underwater currents hampered efforts. AFP PHOTO / Juni KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesia's National Transportation Safety Committee says the co-pilot of AirAsia Flight QZ8501was flying before the flight crashed Dec. 28.
Indonesian police and military personnel carry coffins with the remains of a passengers of the AirAsia flight 8501 in Surabaya, eastern Java island, on January 17, 2015. Indonesian divers again failed to reach the main body of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the sea last month with 162 people on board, as strong underwater currents hampered efforts. AFP PHOTO / Juni KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
In this photograph taken on January 19, 2015, Indonesian soldiers and rescuers carry a coffin bearing the remains of 'body number 50' earlier recovered by Indonesian Navy divers from the underwater crash site of AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Java sea, on arrival at Surabaya airport. Just over 50 bodies have been recovered from a total of 162 people who were on board when the Airbus A320-200 crashed into the sea on December 28. AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Since AirAsia Indonesia Flight 8501 crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 162 people aboard, divers from Indonesia's National Search and Rescue Agency have faced rough seas and strong currents in their search for bodies and debris.
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Tatang Kurniadi, the head of the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), speaks to journalists while using samples of the flight data recorder (FDR) (pictured at R on table) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) (L on table) during a press conference in Pangkalan Bun on January 13, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 13 retrieved the cockpit voice recorder from beneath the wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 that crashed into the Java Sea as the airline's boss vowed to overcome the 'toughest times' he has known. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team pull wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 onto the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
The tail section of the Air Asia Airbus A320 flight QZ8501 is prepared to be loaded onto a truck at port in Kumai on January 11, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 11 found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian diver and an official examine wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 after it was lifted into the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian crew of the Crest Onyx ship prepare to unload recovered wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 at port in Kumai on January 11, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 11 found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian personnel unload a section of recovered wreckage belonging to AirAsia flight QZ8501 onto a truck at port in Kumai on January 11, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 11 found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian crew of the Crest Onyx ship prepare to unload recovered wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 at port in Kumai on January 11, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 11 found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian crew of the Crest Onyx ship prepare to hoist recovered wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 at port in Kumai on January 11, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 11 found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian crew of the Crest Onyx ship prepare to hoist recovered wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 at port in Kumai on January 11, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 11 found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian crew of the Crest Onyx ship prepare to hoist recovered wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 at port in Kumai on January 11, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 11 found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian crew of the Crest Onyx ship prepare to hoist recovered wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 at port in Kumai on January 11, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 11 found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian crew of the Crest Onyx ship secure recovered wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Kumai on January 11, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 11 found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian personnel hoist a section of recovered wreckage belonging to AirAsia flight QZ8501 onto a truck at port in Kumai on January 11, 2015. Indonesian divers on January 11 found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry said. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 lies inside the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 lies inside the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 is lifted into the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian officer examines wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 on the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 lies inside the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 lies inside the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 lies inside the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 lies inside the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 is lifted into the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 lies inside the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesian Military Chief General Moeldoko stands alongside wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 on the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team pull wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 onto the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian diver examines wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 after it was lifted into the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 lies inside the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 is lifted into the Crest Onyx ship at sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesia said on January 9, 2015 it had found the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, potentially marking a major step towards locating the plane's black boxes and helping shed light on what caused it to crash into the sea ten days ago. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Part of AirAsia flight QZ8501 is lifted onto a Crest Onyx ship as navy divers conduct operations to search for black boxes of the aircraft in the Java sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesian military divers chased on January 10 faint signals believed to be from the black box data recorders of an AirAsia plane that crashed in stormy weather, killing all 162 people on board. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Part of AirAsia flight QZ8501 is lifted onto a Crest Onyx ship as navy divers conduct operations to search for black boxes of the aircraft in the Java sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesian military divers chased on January 10 faint signals believed to be from the black box data recorders of an AirAsia plane that crashed in stormy weather, killing all 162 people on board. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Part of the tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 floats on the water's surface as Indonesian Navy divers conduct search operations for black boxes of the aircraft in the Java sea on January 10, 2015. Indonesian military divers chased on January 10 faint signals believed to be from the black box data recorders of an AirAsia plane that crashed in stormy weather, killing all 162 people on board. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 06: Remains of seats from the AirAsia flight QZ8501crash displayed at the Royal Malaysian Navy KD Kasturi at Port of Kumai on January 6, 2015 in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
Newly recovered wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 found during search operations in the Java sea is displayed in Pangkalan Bun on January 6, 2015. Weather was the 'triggering factor' in the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 with icing likely causing engine damage, Indonesian officials said, as rough seas on January 4 hampered the search for bodies and the sunken wreckage. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 05: National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) personnel store the remains from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 after being airlifted by a U.S. Navy helicopter at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia on January 05, 2015. At least five ships with equipment that can detect pings emitted by flight data and cockpit voice recorders are on station and the weather has improved in the search for the AirAsia jet that crashed on December 28. (Photo by Azqa Harun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Newly recovered wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 found during search operations in the Java sea is displayed in Pangkalan Bun on January 6, 2015. Weather was the 'triggering factor' in the crash of AirAsia Flight 8501 with icing likely causing engine damage, Indonesian officials said, as rough seas on January 4 hampered the search for bodies and the sunken wreckage. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 05: A relative of Lim Yan Koen, a victim of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 disaster cries during a handover ceremony on January 5, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Indonesian Red Cross personnel prepare to transfer coffins containing victims of AirAsia QZ8501 crash from Indonesian Air Force aircraft CN-295 to be taken to Bhayangkara Police Hospital for identification procedure on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Indonesian soldiers place a coffin containing victims of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash in an ambulance to be taken to Bhayangkara Police Hospital for identification procedure on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Indonesian Search and Rescue personnels wear mask as they prepare to receive victims of AirAsia QZ8501 crash on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Indonesian soldiers carry a coffin containing a victim of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash to Bhayangkara Police Hospital for identification on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Indonesian soldiers carry a coffin containing victims of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash to be taken to Bhayangkara Police Hospital for identification procedure on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Members of Indonesian search and rescue team carry the part of the plane of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash from Singaporean navy helicopter at Iskandar Airbase on on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Members of Indonesian search and rescue team carry the part of the plane of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash from Singaporean navy helicopter at Iskandar Airbase on on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Members of Indonesian search and rescue team carry the part of the plane of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash from Singaporean navy helicopter at Iskandar Airbase on on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Members of Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to carry body of victim and the part of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash from Singaporean navy helicopter at Iskandar Airbase on on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Members of Indonesian search and rescue team carry the body of the the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash from Singaporean navy helicopter at Iskandar Airbase on on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - JANUARY 04: Relatives of AirAsia QZ8501 victims leave the Immanuel Oikoumene Church after a prayer service on January 4, 2015 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation is underway in waters off Borneo to recover bodies and debris from the missing AirAsia plane. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
Family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports showing an unidentified body floating in the Java sea, inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30, 2014. Items resembling an emergency slide, plane door and other objects were spotted during a aerial search on December 30 for the missing AirAsia plane, according to information from the flight on which AFP was aboard. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team transport the body of a victim from AirAsia flight QZ8501 recovered from the Java at Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan on January 1, 2015. Indonesian rescuers promised an 'all-out effort' to search for bodies from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 as the weather cleared on January 1 and international investigators joined attempts to locate the fuselage of the ill-fated plane. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
An Indonesian Navy helicopter carrying two bodies from AirAsia flight QZ8501 recovered from the Java Sea prepares to land at Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan on January 1, 2015. Indonesian rescuers promised an 'all-out effort' to search for bodies from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 as the weather cleared on January 1 and international investigators joined attempts to locate the fuselage of the ill-fated plane. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team transport the body of a victim from AirAsia flight QZ8501 recovered from the Java at Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan on January 1, 2015. Indonesian rescuers promised an 'all-out effort' to search for bodies from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 as the weather cleared on January 1 and international investigators joined attempts to locate the fuselage of the ill-fated plane. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 31: Indonesian soldiers carry coffins containing victims of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash at the Indonesian Air Force Military Base Operation Airport on December 31, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
This aerial view taken from an Indonesian search and rescue aircraft over the Java Sea shows floating debris spotted in the same area as other items being investigated by Indonesian authorities as possible objects from missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 on December 30, 2014. Items resembling an emergency slide, plane door and other objects were spotted during a aerial search on December 30 for the missing AirAsia plane, according to information from the flight on which AFP was aboard. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 31: Members of Indonesian search and rescue team stand at Kumai port on December 31, 2014 in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Indonesian officials have confirmed that debris and dead bodies that have been sighted in the Java Sea are from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 31: Surabaya residents pray for victims of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash on December 31, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 31: A woman cries as she prays for the victims of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash at the Indonesian Air Force Military Base Operation Airport on December 31, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 31: Indonesian soldiers carry coffins containing victims of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash at the Indonesian Air Force Military Base Operation Airport on December 31, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 30: a relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 is receives medical attention as he collapses at the breaking news of debris and bodies being found on December 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Debris and dead bodies have reportedly been sighted in the Java Sea during search operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501. AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
Family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports showing an unidentified body floating in the Java sea, inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30, 2014. Items resembling an emergency slide, plane door and other objects were spotted during a aerial search on December 30 for the missing AirAsia plane, according to information from the flight on which AFP was aboard. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 30: a relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 is receives medical attention as he collapses at the breaking news of debris and bodies being found on December 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Debris and dead bodies have reportedly been sighted in the Java Sea during search operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501. AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 30: Rr. Widiya Sukati Putri, Captain Irianto's wife ( the pilot of AirAsia QZ8501 flight) cries during a media interview on December 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Debris and dead bodies have reportedly been sighted in the Java Sea during search operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501. AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 30: Relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 react to the breaking news of debris and bodies being found on December 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Debris and dead bodies have reportedly been sighted in the Java Sea during search operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501. AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
Family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports showing an unidentified body floating in the Java sea, inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30, 2014. Items resembling an emergency slide, plane door and other objects were spotted during a aerial search on December 30 for the missing AirAsia plane, according to information from the flight on which AFP was aboard. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports showing an unidentified body floating in the Java sea, inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30, 2014. Items resembling an emergency slide, plane door and other objects were spotted during a aerial search on December 30 for the missing AirAsia plane, according to information from the flight on which AFP was aboard. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 30: Relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 react to the breaking news of debris and bodies being found on December 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Debris and dead bodies have reportedly been sighted in the Java Sea during search operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501. AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 30: Relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 react to the breaking news of debris and bodies being found on December 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Debris and dead bodies have reportedly been sighted in the Java Sea during search operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501. AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 30: Relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 react to the breaking news of debris and bodies being found on December 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Debris and dead bodies have reportedly been sighted in the Java Sea during search operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501. AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 30: Relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 react to the breaking news of debris and bodies being found on December 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Debris and dead bodies have reportedly been sighted in the Java Sea during search operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501. AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
BELITUNG, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 29: Air Force personnel seen aboard Hercules aircraft during a search operation in Selat Karimata, Belitung, Indonesia on December 29, 2014, to find the AirAsia missing plane, flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board on December 28, 2014. (Photo by Jefri Tarigan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BELITUNG, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 29: Air Force personnel seen during a search operation in Selat Karimata, Indonesia on December 29, 2014, to find the AirAsia missing plane, flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board on December 28, 2014. (Photo by Jefri Tarigan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BELITUNG, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 29: Air Force personnel seen aboard Hercules aircraft during a search operation in Selat Karimata, Belitung, Indonesia on December 29, 2014, to find the AirAsia missing plane, flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board on December 28, 2014. (Photo by Jefri Tarigan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BELITUNG, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 29: Air Force personnel seen aboard Hercules aircraft during a search operation in Selat Karimata, Belitung, Indonesia on December 29, 2014, to find the AirAsia missing plane, flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board on December 28, 2014. (Photo by Jefri Tarigan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BELITUNG, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 29: Air Force personnel seen aboard Hercules aircraft during a search operation in Selat Karimata, Belitung, Indonesia on December 29, 2014, to find the AirAsia missing plane, flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board on December 28, 2014. (Photo by Jefri Tarigan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BELITUNG, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 29: Air Force personnel seen aboard Hercules aircraft during a search operation in Selat Karimata, Belitung, Indonesia on December 29, 2014, to find the AirAsia missing plane, flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board on December 28, 2014. (Photo by Jefri Tarigan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BELITUNG, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 29: Air Force personnel seen aboard Hercules aircraft during a search operation in Selat Karimata, Belitung, Indonesia on December 29, 2014, to find the AirAsia missing plane, flying from Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board on December 28, 2014. (Photo by Jefri Tarigan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: CEO of Air Asia Indonesia Sunu Widyatmoko (R), Director of Air Asia Tony Fernandes (C) and the head of Surabaya search and rescue agency Mochamad Hernanto (L) hold a press conference at Juanda International Airport in Sidoarjo town near Surabaya, East Java, on December 28, 2014. An AirAsia flight numbered QZ8501 traveling from Indonesia to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control with 162 people on board. (Photo by Herman Dewantoro/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - DECEMBER 28: A relative of a missing family member from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 speaks to the media outside the holding area at Changi Airport on December 28, 2014 in Singapore. AirAsia announced that the flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: Relatives of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers gather during a meeting with officials at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. AirAsia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
A relative shows a picture of alleged passengers who were travelling on missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 on her mobile phone screen at the airport in Surabaya, East Java, on December 28, 2014. The AirAsia Airbus plane with 162 people on board went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore early on December 28, officials and the airline said, in the third major incident to affect a Malaysian carrier this year. AFP PHOTO / Juni KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers check flight information display boards at Singapore Changi airport terminal on December 28, 2014. An AirAsia plane with 162 people on board went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore December 28 morning, officials and the airline said, in the third major incident to affect a Malaysian carrier this year. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - DECEMBER 28: An electronic flight information departure board showing information for AirAsia flights departing for Surabaya is seen at Changi Airport on December 28, 2014 in Singapore. AirAsia announced that flight QZ8501 from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA- DECEMBER 28: Family members of passengers of missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 gather at Juanda international airport in Surabaya in East Java on December 28, 2014. An AirAsia flight traveling from Indonesia to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control with 162 people on board. (Photo by Syaiful Arif/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - DECEMBER 28: A relative of a missing family member on board AirAsia flight QZ8501 speaks to the media outside the holding area at Changi Airport on December 28, 2014 in Singapore. AirAsia announced that the flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA- DECEMBER 28: Family members of passengers of missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 arrive at Juanda international airport in Surabaya in East Java on December 28, 2014. An AirAsia flight traveling from Indonesia to Singapore has lost contact with air traffic control with 162 people on board. (Photo by Herman Dewantoro/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
An official from Indonesia's national search and rescue agency in Medan, North Sumatra points at his computer screen to the position where AirAsia flight QZ8501 went missing off the waters of Indonesia on December 28, 2014. The AirAsia Airbus plane with 162 people on board went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore early on December 28, officials and the airline said, in the third major incident to affect a Malaysian carrier this year. AFP PHOTO / Sutanta ADITYA (Photo credit should read SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - DECEMBER 28: A flight information status displays information on the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 at Changi Airport on December 28, 2014 in Singapore. AirAsia announced that the flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
This is Flight QZ8501 -- Airbus A320-200 PK-AXC -- in April 2014 - http://t.co/mxwuyk18AV http://t.co/pavJfb3UPR
Satellite image around time #AirAsia flight went missing, very vigorous thunderstorms (black) north of Surabaya http://t.co/w8jSzfzvmi
Our lightning data has some strikes near the path of @AirAsia flight #QZ8501 between 23:09 and 23:20 UTC. http://t.co/VTY5OLPObF
This is an estimated position of #QZ8501 at 23:18 UTC when AirNav Indonesia say they lost radar contact http://t.co/IMMht5xbEG
Leaked photo of ATCscreen on #QZ8501, it ended up at 36300ft and climbing but ground speed only 353 knots! Uh oh! http://t.co/jSEA2dp5yb
Vessel traffic area in region of #QZ8501 http://t.co/DX4I4ppFj5
Very sad to hear that AirAsia Indonesia QZ8501 is missing. My thoughts are with the families. Malaysia stands ready to help.
An electronic sign board shows information for AirAsia flight QZ8501 bound for Singapore International Airport on December 28, 2014. An AirAsia plane with 162 people on board went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore Sunday morning, officials and the airline said, in the third major incident to affect a Malaysian carrier this year. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL (Photo credit should read MOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images)
Flight arrivals board at Singapore's Changi Airport, where AirAsia #QZ8501 was due http://t.co/YHvRi0aa5m http://t.co/kUbcCPEou1
AirAsia Indonesia regrets to confirm that QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore has lost contact at 07:24hrs this morning http://t.co/WomRQuzcPO
#staystrong @AirAsia - Our thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends of those on board QZ8501.
#QZ8501: A holding area has been set up at Changi Airport to assist next-of-kin. This is how the entrance looks like http://t.co/ihHXY1VmB2
#Weather potential factor for #AirAsia8501. Strong monsoonal t-storms in area during time of last contact @cnnbrk http://t.co/E154b8WX4F
@AirAsia has an impeccable safety record no fatal or even significant incidents and very few incidents period in a 18-year history #QZ8501
Director general of civil aviation Djoko Murjatmodjo (C) briefs journalists during a press conference in Jakarta on December 28, 2014, after Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 went missing. An AirAsia plane with 162 people on board went missing in bad weather en route from Indonesia to Singapore the morning of December 28, the airline said, in the third crisis for a Malaysian carrier this year. AFP PHOTO / Bima SAKTI (Photo credit should read BIMA SAKTI/AFP/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - DECEMBER 28: Staff from the Indonesian embassy leave a holding area for friends and relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ8501 at Changi Airport on December 28, 2014 in Singapore. AirAsia announced that the flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - DECEMBER 28: A woman leaves a holding area for friends and relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ8501 at Changi Airport on December 28, 2014 in Singapore. AirAsia announced that the flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
An unidentifed relative of a passenger on board AirAsia flight QZ8501 bound for Singapore leaves the holding area at Changi international airport terminal in Singapore on December 28, 2014 . An AirAsia plane with 162 people on board went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore December 28 morning, officials and the airline said, in the third major incident to affect a Malaysian carrier this year. AFP PHOTO/ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members of passengers of missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 gather at Juanda international airport in Surabaya in East Java on December 28, 2014 hours after the news the flight went missing. The AirAsia Airbus plane with 162 people on board went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore early on December 28, officials and the airline said, in the third major incident to affect a Malaysian carrier this year. AFP PHOTO / Juni KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members of passengers of missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 gather at Juanda international airport in Surabaya in East Java on December 28, 2014 hours after the news the flight went missing. The AirAsia Airbus plane with 162 people on board went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore early on December 28, officials and the airline said, in the third major incident to affect a Malaysian carrier this year. AFP PHOTO / Juni KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members of passengers of missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 gather at Juanda international airport in Surabaya in East Java on December 28, 2014 hours after the news the flight went missing. The AirAsia Airbus plane with 162 people on board went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore early on December 28, officials and the airline said, in the third major incident to affect a Malaysian carrier this year. AFP PHOTO / Juni KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members of passengers of missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 gather at Juanda international airport in Surabaya in East Java on December 28, 2014 hours after the news the flight went missing. The AirAsia Airbus plane with 162 people on board went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore early on December 28, officials and the airline said, in the third major incident to affect a Malaysian carrier this year. AFP PHOTO / Juni KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members of passengers of missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 gather at Juanda international airport in Surabaya in East Java on December 28, 2014 hours after the news the flight went missing. The AirAsia Airbus plane with 162 people on board went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore early on December 28, officials and the airline said, in the third major incident to affect a Malaysian carrier this year. AFP PHOTO / Juni KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - DECEMBER 28: A woman arrives at a holding area for friends and relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight 8501 at Changi Airport on December 28, 2014 in Singapore. AirAsia announced that the flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - DECEMBER 28: Two women arrive at a holding area for friends and relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight 8501 at Changi Airport on December 28, 2014 in Singapore. AirAsia announced that the flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - DECEMBER 28: Two women arrive at a holding area for friends and relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight 8501 at Changi Airport on December 28, 2014 in Singapore. AirAsia announced that the flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of December 28. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: Relatives of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers cry at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: A relative of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers makes a phone call and cries at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: Indonesia Search and Rescue officers inspect the operational air navigation map during the investigation of missing Air Asia QZ8501 at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: Relatives of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers cry at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: Relatives of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers gather at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: Relatives of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers cry at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: Relatives of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers gather during a meeting with officials at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: Relatives of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers walk leaving the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: A relative of missing Air Asia QZ8501 passengers takes a photo of the passengers list at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: A crisis centre call center officer works at Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 28: An Indonesia Search and Rescue officer inspects the operational air navigation map during the investigation of missing Air Asia QZ8501 at the crisis centre of Juanda International Airport Surabaya on December 28, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Air Asia announced the flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time Sunday morning. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
PANGKALAN BUN, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 30: Indonesian air force crew are seen before an operation to retrieve dead bodies for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, in Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on December 30, 2014. The authorities announced that six dead bodies of AirAsia victims were found and items resembling an emergency slide, plane door and other objects were spotted in the sea during an aerial search on December 30 for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, Indonesian officials said. (Dewi Nurcahyani - Anadolu Agency)
SURABAYA, INDONESIA - DECEMBER 30: Relatives of passengers on AirAsia flight QZ 8501 react to the breaking news of debris and bodies being found on December 30, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. Debris and dead bodies have reportedly been sighted in the Java Sea during search operations for the missing AirAsia flight QZ 8501. AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
To go with AFP story China-Indonesia-Singapore-Malaysia-Aviation-Airasia by Neil Connor Xu Jinghong shows photos of her mother Liu Fengying, who is one of the 239 people missing from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at her home in Beijing on December 30, 2014. Relatives of those on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 said on December 30 the disappearance of an AirAsia aircraft in Indonesia re-awakened their torment, nine months into their nightmare. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)
ALTERNATE CROP Family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports showing an unidentified body floating in the Java sea, inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30, 2014. Items resembling an emergency slide, plane door and other objects were spotted during a aerial search on December 30 for the missing AirAsia plane, according to information from the flight on which AFP was aboard. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Family members of passengers onboard the missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports showing an unidentified body floating in the Java sea, inside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 30, 2014. Items resembling an emergency slide, plane door and other objects were spotted during a aerial search on December 30 for the missing AirAsia plane, according to information from the flight on which AFP was aboard. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
AirAsia crash: Divers hunt for bodies in jet’s fuselage http://t.co/cZg1jIGgS1 http://t.co/xMEapc2QHP
In this photograph taken on January 19, 2015, Indonesian soldiers and rescuers carry a coffin bearing the remains of 'body number 50' earlier recovered by Indonesian Navy divers from the underwater crash site of AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Java sea, on arrival at Surabaya airport. Just over 50 bodies have been recovered from a total of 162 people who were on board when the Airbus A320-200 crashed into the sea on December 28. AFP PHOTO / JUNI KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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