AirAsia QZ8501: Search efforts to find flight data recorders resume

AirAsia QZ8501 Search efforts to find flight data recorders resume

The search mission to find the flight data recorders from the crashed AirAsia passenger plane has resumed, as weather conditions improve over the Java Sea.

Flight QZ8501 was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore on 28 December when it disappeared from radar.

Search teams have recovered 37 bodies but the remains of most victims are thought to still be in the plane.

Bad weather has hampered attempts to reach large objects thought to be the body of the plane.

Officials told the BBC’s Indonesian service on Monday that sonar equipment had been deployed underwater, but that the weather meant no divers were yet back in the water.

The head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, Bambang Soelistoyo, said in a news briefing that three more bodies were recovered on Monday.

He added that weather conditions had improved since last week, but that the currents underwater were still strong.Debris thought to be from the AirAsia plane was filmed floating in the sea

Dozens of ships and aircraft are involved in the operation.

The families of the passengers have been offered a chance to fly to the location believed to be the crash site and lay flower wreaths, the commander of the Armed Forces, Gen Moeldoko, said in Surabaya.

They would fly to Pangkalan Bun, the nearest town, then be taken by a naval ship to the location in the Java Sea. He said he believed this might help “reduce their sadness and the feeling of loss”.

Gen Moeldoko also assured the families that all the victims would be identified regardless of their condition when found.

He said 260 national and international doctors were working to identify the remains recovered using finger prints, dental records and bone DNA.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30677629

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