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    Indonesia's Chief Rescuer Denies Reports of AirAsia's Black Box Location

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    According to the earlier media reports, AirAsia's black box was found 0.5 miles east of the area, where the plane's broken tail had been lifted from the seabed on Saturday.

    BALI, January 11 (Sputnik) – The chief of Indonesia's national search and rescue operation in the Java Sea, where the AirAsia airliner crashed in late December, did not confirm on Sunday that the rescuers have located the plane's black box.

    According to the earlier media reports, the black box was found 0.5 miles east of the area, where the plane's broken tail was lifted from the seabed on Saturday.

    "Divers went down into the water at noon [5:00 GMT], but there are no results yet. Devices receive the signal [from black boxes], but the divers cannot see them," Detik.com. web portal quoted Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi as saying.

    Supriyadi stated earlier in the day that three rescue vessels detected signals coming less than a mile east of the place where the tail had been found and that divers would be sent there to look for the source of the signals.

    The Indonesian news outlet also cited geodetic expert Imam Mudita, who said that the search vessels had picked up two separate signals coming from two points roughly 65.6 feet away from each other.

    Currently, Indonesian search and rescue teams with the support of international partners continue to investigate into the cause of the airliner's crash.

    AirAsia flight QZ8501 with 162 people on board crashed in the Java Sea on December 28 flying from Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. A total of 48 bodied have been found with 29 crash victims already identified.

    Preliminary reports suggest bad weather conditions to be the reason behind the crash.

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