Signals Heard in Java Sea, But Unclear if From Crashed AirAsia Jet

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Signals Heard in Java Sea, But Unclear if From Crashed AirAsia Jet

Soldiers carry the coffins of the victims who were aboard the AirAsia Flight 8501 on January 5. (Associated Press)

Pangkalan Bun:  An Indonesian official says ping-like sounds were heard in an area where searchers are scouring the Java Sea for the crashed AirAsia plane.

Search operations director Suryadi B Supriyadi says the signals were picked up intermittently today, but it's unclear if they came from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders since no pieces of metal were detected nearby.

A day earlier, part of the plane's tail was photographed on the ocean's floor - the first confirmed major wreckage from the plane since Flight 8501 went down on December 28.

The black boxes are located in the rear of the plane, but Supriyadi said the sounds were heard about one kilometer (half a mile) from the tail's location. Transportation safety investigator Nurcahyo Utomo said the signals could not be confirmed.



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