AirAsia QZ8501: Search for plane focuses on seabed

AirAsia QZ8501 Search for plane focuses on seabed

The search for AirAsia flight QZ8501 which crashed into the sea on Sunday has moved underwater, with the arrival of specialist equipment.

A French crash investigation team is using sensitive acoustic detection devices to try to locate the plane and its “black box” flight recorders.

The Airbus A320-200 was flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board when it vanished.

No survivors have been found and the cause of the crash remains unknown.

More bodies were recovered on Friday, bringing the total found to 30, said officials in Pangkalan Bun, the closest town to the presumed crash site.

Four people have been identified so far.

The plane is almost certainly at the bottom of the relatively shallow Java Sea.

The head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, Bambang Soelistyo, estimated the fuselage was at a depth of about 25-30m (80-100ft).

Relatives of those people who have been identified are being supported as they receive their bodies
Debris from the plane has been brought to shore but the fuselage is still missing

Several pieces of debris have been recovered, including what is thought to be part of a wing flap.

But despite a massive five-day search, the fuselage is still missing. Officials say most of the passengers could still be inside.




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