10 AirAsia bodies recovered: Basarnas

10 AirAsia bodies recovered: Basarnas

The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief, Air Chief Marshal FH Bambang Soelistyo, says that as of Friday morning the joint search and rescue (SAR) operation had recovered 10 bodies from AirAsia flight QZ8501, which hit the waters off Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan on Sunday.

"By Friday morning, we had recovered 10 bodies in total; eight have been sent to Surabaya [East Java] for forensic examination while two are still in Pangkalan Bun," Bambang told the press at Basarnas headquarters in Central Jakarta on Friday.

He said the team had also recovered more debris belonging to the Airbus A320-200 aircraft in the morning.

"We expect that we are going to recover more bodies and objects from the plane today," he said.

He added that the joint SAR operation had deployed 29 ships and 17 planes by Friday including ships and planes from foreign countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the US.

The National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) would also join the operation to locate the black box of the plane. The black box consists of cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and flight data recorder (FDR), which are essential for the purpose of facilitating the investigation of the aircraft accident.



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