AirAsia QZ8501: Malaysian Navy recovered four bodies Wednesday

AirAsia QZ8501: Malaysian Navy recovered four bodies Wednesday
Indonesian Search and Rescue crews unload one of two bodies of AirAsia passengers recovered from the sea at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, central Kalimantan December 31, 2014.

KUALA LUMPUR - Four bodies and items from doomed flight Indonesia AirAsia QZ8501 were found by the Royal Malaysian Navy Wednesday.

In a statement, Admiral Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar said these were discovered at three separate locations in the Java Sea by KD Lekir and KD Pahang.

He said KD Lekir found the first body, a male, at 9am with his wallet still on him.

The vessel later found the plane's evacuation slides at 11.30am, and handed the body and items over to the Indonesian Navy.

At 4.30pm, the KD Pahang found three bodies, and at the time of writing was en route to rendezvous with Indonesian Navy vessel KRI Banda Acheh to hand them over.

Abdul said the KD Pahang also encountered bad weather during the recovery.

The KD Lekir, KD Lekiu and KD Pahang are currently operating on a stretch of sea known as Sector One.

It is 55 nautical miles long and 28 nautical miles wide, bearing an area size of 150 sq nautical miles.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai previously said that Malaysian QZ8501 search-and-recovery teams would be checking a sea area of 32,400 sq nautical miles in size.

It is not yet known what caused QZ8501 to crash, which went missing on Dec 28 at about 7.24am Malaysia time near Belitung Island, Indonesia.

It was carrying some 155 people on board, including 16 children and one Malaysian.

 

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