AirAsia QZ8501: Some victims strapped in seats

AirAsia QZ8501: Some victims strapped in seats
Indonesian officers carry coffins with the remains of passengers of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 before they are sent to Surabaya, at the base in Pangkalan Bun, the town with the nearest airstrip to the crash site, in Central Kalimantan on January 2, 2015.

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia - Search crews have now recovered 30 bodies from the AirAsia crash and an Indonesian navy official says five of them were found still strapped in their seats.

Col. Yayan Sofiyan, commander of the warship Bung Tomo, told MetroTV that the five were among seven bodies retrieved from the Java Sea and taken to an Indonesian vessel Friday.

Indonesian search and rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo later said a total of 30 bodies have been recovered from Flight 8501.

There were 162 passengers and crew onboard the plane that went down Sunday, half-way through a flight from Indonesia to Singapore.

In an earlier report, The Jakarta Post said an additional 12 bodies from AirAsia flight QZ8501 have been retrieved by US vessel USS Sampson on Friday evening.

"US navy UH60 Black Hawk helicopters delivered eight bodies this afternoon and four more are still on the Sampson," said National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) operational director First Marshal SB Supriyadi on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Central Kalimantan Police chief Brig. Gen. Bambang Hermanu said that six of the 12 bodies had been transferred to Pangkalan Bun's Sultan Imanuddin Hospital. The bodies were of three males, including one child, and three women.

Ten bodies have been flown back to Surabaya after undergoing initial identification examination at the Imanuddin hospital and will be transferred to Surabaya's Bhayangkara Hospital.

Including the aforementioned 10 bodies, 18 bodies have now reached Surabaya.

Search and rescue efforts to locate the aircraft wreckage and the black box are ongoing in the Java Sea.

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