The Race to Find the Black Boxes

By Jordyn Radig

The search is on to find missing AirAsia Flight 8501's black boxes.  With rough weather the pass few days, the search becomes more and more difficult.

The AirAsia plane went missing on December 28, 2014 in Indonesia's Java Sea.  During the air travel, the pilots were requesting to travel higher in altitude to get out of the miserable weather.  After 6:17 A.M., the plane vanished.  

A few days after the disappearance, a search party was organized.  The major problem was the weather was still terrible since the disappearance.  They were patiently waiting for a perfect time to search for the black boxes, the flight data recorders, which is located in the tail of the plane.  According to the divers, they say the recovery effort has been difficult because the seabed is covered with mud, visibility is poor and currents are strong. High winds and waves also have hampered the operation.  The divers are limited to 15 minutes at a time underwater because of the pressure.

Slowly but surely, it becoming better and better to search for the black boxes.  The same old saying, patience is key, but patience is becoming more and more a virtue.