The plane’s black box has just been recovered from the rubble of the aircraft. It was found at 2.30 p.m. local time.
After the device was recovered by rescue workers and investigators, an argument arose between the Accident Investigation Bureau and the police over who would take custody of the black box.
After a heated argument, the confusion was later resolved with the AIB taking possession of the device.
"You people have no business with the box," a defiant Emmanuel Diala, leader of the AIB team, told the police. After frantic phone calls, apparently to higher authorities by both sides, the box was conceded to the AIB. A police officer suggested they accompany the black box "wherever it goes." After taking possession of the box, Mr. Diala, who immediately left with the box said "the investigation has just begun."
The police later went back to keeping hoodlums away from the crash site.
According to Wikipedia, a black box, in aviation parlance, is an audio or data recording device in an airplane or helicopter.
The cockpit voice recorder records the conversation of the pilots and the flight data recorder logs information about controls and sensors, so that in the event of an accident, investigators can use the recordings to assist in the investigation.
Although called “black box”, they are actually bright orange, to facilitate their being found after a crash.