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Divers attempt to free second AirAsia black box from sea floor

Divers have found the second black box from the AirAsia plane that crashed more than two weeks ago, but they have not yet been able to free it from debris on the floor of the Java Sea.

Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, the operation co-ordinator at the National Search and Rescue Agency, said the cockpit voice recorder was located today just hours after officials announced the data flight recorder had been brought to the surface.

He said it is stuck under heavy wreckage, and divers are working to lift it.

Searchers began zeroing in on the sites a day earlier after three Indonesian ships picked up intense pings from the area.

The two instruments are vital to understanding what brought Flight 8501 down on December 28, killing all 162 people on board.

Earlier, Henry Bambang Soelistyo, chief of Indonesia's search and rescue agency, said the flight data recorder had been brought to the surface by four divers.

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The tail of AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane is seen on the deck of the rescue ship Crest Onyx after it was lifted from the sea bed, south of Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan. The flight lost contact with air traffic control during bad weather on December 28

The tail of AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane is seen on the deck of the rescue ship Crest Onyx after it was lifted from the sea bed, south of Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan. The flight lost contact with air traffic control during bad weather on December 28

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A section of the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 passenger plane is seen on the deck of the rescue ship Crest Onyx, a day after it was lifted from the seabed, as crew try to lift it off the ship in  Kumai Port, near Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

A section of the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 passenger plane is seen on the deck of the rescue ship Crest Onyx, a day after it was lifted from the seabed, as crew try to lift it off the ship in Kumai Port, near Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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An investigator examines a section of the tail of AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane in Kumai Port, near Pangkalan Bun, central Kalimantan  REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

An investigator examines a section of the tail of AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane in Kumai Port, near Pangkalan Bun, central Kalimantan REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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The tail of AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane is seen on the deck of the rescue ship Crest Onyx after it was lifted from the sea bed, south of Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan. The flight lost contact with air traffic control during bad weather on December 28

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