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QZ8501: Black Boxes Examination May Take A Year

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KUALA LUMPUR: It will take at least a year for a comprehensive examination and summarisation of the existing data from the black boxes, Indonesia National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) investigator Ony Soeryo Wibowo said.

Ony said the process is long and tedious, as the black boxes are very important tools to find out what really happened on the plane leading to the tragedy.

“The purpose of this investigation is to determine the cause of the tragedy, so that we can prevent a similar incident from reoccurring. The investigation will continue but it is not to blame or imprisoning someone.

“We are conducting an investigation with no blame, no judicial, and no liability. So we cannot blame anyone with the results from this investigation. This will be purely for future improvements and evaluation,” he said on

NTSC head Tatang Kurniadi said there was no shame in getting help from foreign countries in the search and rescue of Indonesia AirAsia QZ8501 tragedy.

He said the foreign aid was a natural thing, as Indonesia has entered into the international world of aviation and transportation.

“There are differences between travelling via land, air or sea. For sea and air transportation, it goes beyond borders and regions, so if something happens, it will be noticed by the world.

“So we should not be surprised if we get help from other countries. Even examining the black boxes will involve the country that made the component, not just the involvement of the NTSC,” Tatang said.

The Indonesia AirAsia QZ8501 incident is similar to the Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that went missing on June 1, 2009.

It took two years to find out the cause of the incident after the black box was found.-NST


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