AirAsia flight QZ8501 update

AirAsia flight QZ8501 update

first_imgThe search and rescue efforts led by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia have continued this morning as there was an ease in weather conditions.The AirAsia Airbus A320-200, carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members, which vanished off radars 40 minutes after takeoff on December 28 and then crashed into the Java Sea, has left the world in shock.Now entering the eighth day of the mission, the search operation area was expanded to the east part of the Java Sea following the underwater current forecast.In addition, more than 80 deep sea divers have been deployed in order to get a visual confirmation on two large objects which are suspected to be part of the aircraft’s fuselage, and the aircraft’s blackbox.BASARNAS recovered four more remains today as well as debris such as the emergency exit window, luggage, passenger seats and survival kits, which are believed to be from the aircraft.Meanwhile in Surabaya, The Disaster Victim Identification Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) have made steady progress in identifying some of the remains found.To date, BASARNAS confirmed to have recovered 34 remains, of which nine remains have been identified by the DVI POLRI with 25 remains awaiting identification.The priority of the search is now on deep sea diving in the area where the aircraft body is said to be located, the mission will be supported by China, who will be focusing on the blackbox search.AirAsia would like to urge the public seeking progress on the search and evacuation and identification process of QZ8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from BASARNAS and DVI POLRI.Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ 8501.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img

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