Four ‘big’ parts of AirAsia QZ8501 plane found – Indonesian officials



Search teams have discovered four large parts of AirAsia QZ8501, and 30 bodies of victims have been recovered, Indonesian search officials said. The plane crashed Sunday into the Java Sea with 162 people onboard.

Earlier in the day, Indonesian search and rescue said that they had discovered two parts of the plane.

“With the discovery of an oil spill and two big parts of the aircraft, I can assure you these are the parts of the AirAsia plane we have been looking for,” search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo told journalists.

The larger of the objects is 10 meters by five meters, and both are at a depth of about 30 meters, he said.

“We are lowering an ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) underwater to get an actual picture of the objects detected on the sea floor,” Soelistyo said.

However, a strong current is now hampering recovery efforts, he added.

Over the past few days, rough weather had made search operations difficult, but 30 bodies of victims have been recovered.

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