JAKARTA – The search and rescue (SAR) operation for the AirAsia flight QZ8501, which has entered its seventh day, has so far found 30 bodies of victims and two big objects believed to be from the passenger plane.
Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief Bambang Soelistyo said based on the size and types of the two objects found on the sea bed, it was strongly believed that they were the wreck of the AirAsia jet that crashed on Dec 28.
“With the discovery of an oil spill and two big objects, we believe that this is the AirAsia passenger jet that we have been looking for,” he told a press conference which was broadcast live by several local television channels.
He said the biggest of the two objects measured about 10 metres by five metres and both objects were found about 30 metres below sea surface.
Meanwhile, of the 30 bodies of victims recovered so far, 17 were men and 13 were women and the bodies were taken to Bhayangkara Hospital in Surabaya for identification process.
The AirAsia Indonesia Flight QZ8501 with 162 people on board crashed while flying from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.
Those on board the flight comprise 155 Indonesians, three South Koreans, a Singaporean, a Malaysian, a Briton and a French. – BERNAMA