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General : Basarnas Finds Tail Of AirAsia Aircraft On Sea Floor

JAKARTA, Jan 7 (Bernama) – The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has found another large object on the sea floor, believed to be the tail of AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501.

Besarnas chief Bambang Soelistyo said the object found at 10.30am today has the word “Air” and was confident the SAR, would be smooth due to fine weather in waters off Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan.

Speaking to the media in a press conference broadcasted live by TVOne here, he said the divers were tring to approach the object.

The SAR team comprise of teams from several countries including Malaysia, represented by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).

The SAR operation which entered its 11th day today, have recovered 40 bodies of which 16 had been identified and handed over to family members.

Recovery efforts were made difficult by bad weather featuring strong currents and high waves.

More bodies are believed to be in the fuselage but divers could not continue for several days due to the strong currents and thick mud on the sea floor.

Bambang said his team is focused on finding the black box, believed to be in the wreckage.

AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 crashed on Dec 28 while flying 155 passengers and seven crew members to Singapore from Surabaya, Indonesia.

Those on board the flight comprise 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, a Singaporean, a Malaysian, a Briton and a French.

— BERNAMA

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