AirAsia cockpit recorder recovered from Java Sea

INDONESIAN authorities say they have recovered the cockpit data recorder from the AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea more than two weeks ago.It was found near where the flight data recorder, the other half of what is generally known as the black box, was retrieved on Monday.

Both devices have been sent to Jakarta for analysis where a team of experts, including from the plane's manufacturer Airbus, is on standby.

The analysis of both recorders is likely to provide some explanation and insight as to what happened to the ill-fated flight.

AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed into waters off Borneo on December 28 about 40 minutes into a two-hour flight from Surabaya to Singapore, killing the 162 passengers and crew onboard.

Bad weather and challenging conditions have hampered the recovery efforts in the days following the crash and so far only 48 bodies have been recovered Authorities expect to find the remaining bodies in the plane's fuselage.