30 bodies of AirAsia victims recovered
30 bodies of AirAsia victims recovered
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30 bodies of AirAsia crash victims recovered

Yvonne Williams

The bodies of 30 AirAsia crash victims have been recovered from the sea following rescuers’ effort to scour the seabed for wreckage.

Some of the bodies were discovered still strapped into their aircraft seats, officials involved in the search said.

Among the recovered victims were two children and only four have been identified and their bodies returned to their families, according to reports.

There are now 65 ships, 14 planes and 19 helicopters involved in the search and rescue mission, six days after flight QZ8501 disappeared from radar screens over the Java Sea with 162 people on board.

The commander of one of the Indonesian naval ships involved in the search said the tail of the plane had been sighted at a depth of 29m.

Bad weather is known to have contributed to the disaster, which came half way through a short haul flight from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.

The pilot had asked air traffic control for permission to climb the Airbus A320 to a higher altitude to avoid storm clouds but heavy air traffic meant this request was denied.

Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency Chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo said: “We will focus on underwater detection.”

The black box data recorder contains crucial information such as engine temperature, vertical and horizontal speed.

The search team is also hunting for the voice recorder, which will have captured conversations between the pilot and others in the cockpit.

Mr Soelistyo estimated the fuselage would be lying at a depth of between 25m and 30m (80ft-100ft).

The victims identified and returned to their families are Hayati Lutfiah Hamid, flight attendant Khairunisa Haidar Fauzi and passengers Kevin Alexander Soetjipto and Grayson Herbert Linaksita.

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