Official: Sonar detects wreckage from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 on sea floor

31 Dec 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »

At least seven bodies found as rough weather hits QZ8501 search.

Indonesia says seven bodies have been recovered so far from the sea as a military and civilian personnel battle rough weather in the Java Sea in the area where AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashed on Sunday. Four bodies were recovered Wednesday morning, taking the figure to seven in two days, but rough weather has hampered the search in the sea and delayed the ability of air and water craft to bring the victims to Surabaya where relatives are waiting along with hospital staff and debris to a processing centre onshore at Pangkalan Bun in Kalimantan, according to Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, and other personnel. “We are experiencing bad weather now.

Personnel from Singapore’s navy have arrived at the scene and were given a more defined search area to work with – about 600 nautical miles from Singapore, according to Channel NewsAsia’s Lam Shushan. The flight from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore went missing Sunday and took nearly three days to discover debris from the passenger jet and a related aerial sighting of the suspected aircraft on the sea floor, which AirAsia confirmed as the downed aircraft. Mr Soelistyo said earlier that an air force plane Tuesday spotted a “shadow” on the seabed believed to be the missing AirAsia jet. “God blessed us today,” Mr Soelistyo told a Tuesday press conference.

The image was obtained Tuesday by an Indonesian Navy ship that is part of the search-and-recovery effort, the agency said in a release early Wednesday morning. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes travelled to Surabaya on Tuesday and pledged to “do whatever we can do” to help grieving relatives and friends, adding that his heart was “broken”. “The passengers were on my aircraft and I have to take responsibility for that,” he said, adding that he was focusing on supporting the families. “It’s an experience I never dreamt of happening and it’s probably and it’s probably an airline CEO’s worst nightmare,” Fernandes said. The plane lost radar contact on Sunday with Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and the United States sending ships and planes along with other equipment to help in the search.

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