AirAsia QZ8501: Fuselage lifted to surface, but sinks again

AirAsia QZ8501: Fuselage lifted to surface, but sinks again

JAKARTA - Indonesian rescuers managed to lift the fuselage of the crashed Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 jet near the surface, only for it to sink to the ocean floor again when the lifting balloons deflated.

Operations chief at the National Search and Rescue Agency, Suryadi Bambang Supriyadi, said four more bodies were discovered Saturday around the area as navy divers were struggling with strong current and poor visibility to prepare the lifting operation.

A total of 69 bodies have been recovered from AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed on Dec 28 with 162 people on board.

Authorities believe many victims are still inside the fuselage.

Bad weather is a suspected factor in the crash. The pilots asked to climb from 32,000 feet to 38,000 feet to avoid threatening clouds, but were denied because of heavy air traffic.

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