Divers have located the black box that holds flight and data recorders of the Indonesia AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea on December 28 with 162 people on board, an Indonesian government official said Sunday. “The navy divers have found a very important object, the black box of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 under the depth of between 30 and 32 meters,” Tonny Budiono, team coordinator at the Directorate General for Sea Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation, said in a press statement. The black box was found under the debris of the plane, the statement said, adding because the debris needs to be lifted first, objects will not be retrieved until Monday morning. Earlier, Ridwan Djamaluddin, deputy chief of the Technology Development and Application Agency, said in a press statement pinger locater beacons of three Indonesian survey ships heard the pings at 10.25pm. Saturday in an area about 4.5 kilometres from where the jetliner’s tail section was discovered Wednesday. “We keep listening to the pings and monitoring the coordinates,” he added, saying the ships, one from his agency and two others from private companies, formed a triangular formation above the location of the pings. In a press conference later Sunday, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Dwiputro Indroyono Soesilo said two different kinds of pings were heard by the pinger locaters, both from 30-meter depths. “They are close to each other, only about 20 meters in distance. Hopefully, they are from the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder,” Soesilo said before divers confirmed sighting the objects. Sonar images by one survey ship had shown a large object in the location where the pings were heard, he said. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes had tweeted earlier Sunday, “We are led to believe (the) black boxes may have been found. (It’s) still not confirmed, but strong information (is) coming.” Divers were sent down to look for the black box soon after the surface ships pinpointed a search area, but low visibility, high waves and strong underwater currents meant the search took more than 12 hours before the divers could confirm the objects sought are on the sea floor. On Saturday, Indonesian divers had lifted from the ocean floor the crashed aircraft’s tail section, hoping to find the black boxes, which are carried in the right part of the tail. The flight data and cockpit voice recorders of Flight QZ8501 were, however, missing. “They are not in the tail section anymore, it has been dislodged,” Suryadi Supriyadi, operational director of the National Search and Rescue Agency told a press conference Saturday. The plane was carrying 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, a Malaysian, a Singaporean, a Briton and a French co-pilot when it crashed into the Java Sea. The Indonesian pilot last made contact with air traffic control at 6:12 a.m. when he sought a change of flight path and altitude to avoid storm clouds. Radar contact with the plane was lost 5 minutes later, without any distress signal being detected. Severe weather is suspected to have caused the crash. So far, 48 bodies have been retrieved from the sea, including at least seven who were still strapped into their seats. Thirty-two bodies have so far been identified. A South Korean couple, on Sunday, became the first foreigners identified. The South Koreans were among the strapped bodies. The two were identified based on their dental records and property. “They were husband and wife,” Budiyono, chief of the disaster victim identification at the East Java Police Headquarters said in Surabaya. He said the 37-year-old husband and Christian priest Seongbeom Park was still holding a baby carrier, while his 34-year-old wife Kyung Hwa Lee was wearing a special bra to breastfeed her baby. “At the request of their family, their bodies are being kept in the cold storage (of a police hospital in Surabaya) until their baby is found,” he said. The couple, who lives in Indonesia, was traveling with their 11-month-old baby Yuna Park.