AirAsia QZ8501: Search teams find more bodies at sea

The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Kalimantan, for you is a “mood of pessimism” as bad weather hampers the search operation

More bodies are actually recovered from your Java Sea, five days after AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed, bringing the complete found thus far to 30, Indonesian rescue officials say.

The Airbus A320 disappeared with 162 people aboard while flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore.

Operations to extract victims continue but no survivors happen to be found.

Specialist equipment has arrived to help you the search to the plane itself as well as its “black box” flight recorders.

However officials said hello could not supply on Friday as a result of high waves, Reuters reported.

On Saturday, Indonesian search and rescue chief Bambang Soelistyo said two large objects have been found from the search.

“As I speak we’re also lowering an ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) to acquire an actual picture on the objects detected within the sea floor. All are in the depth of 30 metres,” Mr Soelistyo said.

The cause on the crash is just not known yet.

In another development, it offers emerged that AirAsia didn’t have official permission to fly the Surabaya-Singapore route on Sunday – the day from the crash – but was licensed on four other days from the week.

The Indonesian authorities are suspending the business’s flights for this route with immediate effect pending an investigation, a transport ministry statement said.
Map of AirAsia 8501 flight path and check area – 2 January 2015
‘Strapped in seats’

“As of now, the effects that I can confirm for you personally are that this number of dead bodies recovered is 30,” the pinnacle of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, Mr Soelistyo, said on Friday.

Some were reportedly still strapped to their seats if they were found.

The aircraft’s fuselage has still not been located, which is thought most from the passengers may very well be inside.

“Waves were between three and four metres today, rendering it difficult to load bodies onto ships and [move them] between ships,” Bambang Soelistyo told reporters.

Some vessels would sort through the night, he added. “Tonight were sending tug boats which will make the [body] transfers easier.”
Caskets containing the remains of AirAsia QZ8501 passengers recovered from your sea are carried with a military transport plane to attend Surabaya 02/01/2015 Recovered bodies are being drawn in numbered coffins to Surabaya for identification
Scanning from an Indonesia helicopter during search and rescue operations 02/01/2015 The huge search operation continued for any fifth day on Friday
AirAsia representatives hug relatives of crash passengers whorrrre at Bhayankara Hospital in Surabaya for their remains 02/01/2015 Once identified, remains in the crash victims are released so relatives can take funerals
Indonesian military officers carry wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the military base in Pangkalan Bun 02/01/2015 Some wreckage from your Airbus 320 is retrieved, even so the fuselage remains to be missing

After bodies are recovered on the sea they may be transported in numbered coffins for identification in Surabaya, Indonesia’s second largest city.

Four people happen to be identified up to now: Hayati Lutfiah Hamid, Grayson Herbert Linaksita, Kevin Alexander Soetjipto and Khairunisa Haidar Fauzi.

Ms Fauzi would have been a flight attendant with AirAsia. A statement through the airline said you can actually boss, Tony Fernandes, flew to Palembang – for the island of Sumatra – on Friday to officially pay Ms Fauzi’s remains and attended her burial.

Mr Fernandes earlier tweeted: “I cannot describe how I feel. There are no words.”

Several waste debris are already recovered, including what exactly is thought to be portion of a wing flap.

The BBC’s Alice Budisatrijo in Surabaya: “Their main priority is just for getting the bodies in their loved ones back”

The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Pangkalan Bun – town in southern Borneo nearest to the search area – says there can be a growing sense among search teams that their task will be harder than initially thought.

Bad weather and churning seas have dashed dreams of finding the plane visually, according to him, and teams will be relying upon scans on the sea floor.

Mr Soelistyo said wreckage and bodies were spread more than a 5km area from the Java Sea.

The search is dependant on an area of a single,575 nautical square miles off Borneo.
‘Unbelievably steep climb’

There were 137 adult passengers, 17 children the other infant, as well as two pilots and five crew, within the plane – most Indonesian.

Kevin Khuana speaks to the BBC about his friend Stephanie Gunawan, who was up to speed AirAsia QZ8501

Some investigators are reported to believe how the plane could have gone into an aerodynamic stall because the pilot climbed steeply to protect yourself from a storm.

Officials have said the plane was travelling at 32,000ft if this requested to climb to 38,000ft to protect yourself from bad weather.

When air traffic controllers consented to allow for it to climb to 34,000ft a short while later, they got no reply.

A source quoted by Reuters declared that radar data seemed to show which the aircraft’s “unbelievably” steep climb may are already beyond the Airbus A320’s limits.

However, the unnamed source emphasised more information was needed before a definitive conclusion may very well be reached.

AirAsia previously had a superb safety record, without the need of fatal accidents involving its aircraft.