LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

AirAsia Flight's Tail Spotted In The Java Sea, Official Says

We may be one step closer to finding out what caused AirAsia Flight 8501 to crash last week with more than 162 people on board: Indonesia's search-and-rescue chief says divers may have spotted the tail of the plane in the Java Sea.

An aircraft's black boxes — the flight data and cockpit voice recorders — are located in its tail.

Henry Bambang Soelistyo, the leader of the search-and-rescue mission, said today that divers took photographs of the debris in the Java Sea.

Reporter Michael Sullivan tells our Newscast unit that it's "the first major break they've had in a search effort that's been hampered by rough seas, poor visibility and stormy weather."

Officials will now try to retrieve the black boxes to determine what caused the plane, which was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore, to crash on Dec. 28. Forty of the bodies on board have been recovered; divers are looking for the other bodies.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)