AirAsia QZ8501: Search Teams Find More Bodies


Search teams have recovered four more bodies from the Java Sea even as the hunt to find the main wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 enters a second week. BBC reports:

Search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo said 34 bodies have now been found, as well as five large objects.

But bad weather has forced divers to suspend their bid to find the plane’s fuselage, where most of the bodies are believed to be trapped.

The plane, which was carrying 162 people, crashed last Sunday.

It was en route from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.

Bad weather is believed to be the biggest factor in the crash although the Airbus A320’s “black boxes”, or flight data recorders, have yet to be located.

Mr Soelistyo said on Sunday that Singapore navy vessel RSS Persistence had recovered one body, while US navy ship USS Sampson had brought three more back to the Indonesian town of Pangkalan Bun.

Nearly 30 ships are now involved in the search operation, as well as six planes and 14 helicopters.


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