PHUKET, Thailand — Frogmen today located the cockpit voice recorder and recovered several bodies from the wreckage of a Thai airliner that plunged into the sea off the resort island of Phuket, killing all 83 people aboard.
The voice recorder tapes conversations of the crew and may explain why the Thai Airways Boeing 737 crashed about 540 miles southwest of Bangkok on Monday, said Lt. Col. Plodpai Pirathan, deputy commander of provincial marine police.
Capt. Nikom Boonprasert, head of Thai Airways' Boeing 737 fleet, said that as of 5 p.m., 39 bodies had been recovered. Officials said there appeared to be no hope for any survivors.
Thai Airway's Phuket manager, Narong Yantaragorn, said, "We have established the location of the black box, but believe it to be lodged in some crevice."