AirAsia QZ8501: 1 body, more aircraft debris found by Singapore's search operations

AirAsia QZ8501: 1 body, more aircraft debris found by Singapore's search operations
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry items for investigation, found during the search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501, after being delivered by a Singapore Super Puma helicopter from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) RSS Persistence in Pangkalan Bun on January 4, 2015

SINGAPORE - A body, more aircraft equipment and debris have been recovered by Singapore's military on day eight of the search operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea.

One body was recovered by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Endurance-class Landing Ship Tank RSS Persistence at 8.46am Sunday.

The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) transported the body by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Super Puma helicopter to Iskandar airport in Pangkalan Bun.

The body has been handed over to the Indonesian authorities, said the Ministry of Defence press release.

The Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) on board RSN Bedok-class mine countermeasure vessel RSS Kallang and Submarine support and rescue vessel MV Swift Rescue were deployed to search for aircraft debris.

Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, posted on his Facebook page a video of the difficult conditions the search operations face in the bad weather and rough waters where waves reach up to three metres. He also praised the efforts of the men and said some of them are on their way back to Singapore.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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