Singapore ship recovers AirAsia flight QZ8501 items

A Republic of Singapore Air Force personnel surveys the waters during a search and locate operation for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 plane at an undisclosed search area December 30, 2014.

A Singaporean ship taking part in the Search and Rescue (SAR) operations for AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 on recovered a number of items belonging to passengers and from the Airbus A320-200 plane on Friday.

As reported by, the ship recovered one black suitcase, a gas tube and several items of debris from the plane, which crashed into Pangkalan Bun waters, Central Kalimantan, on Sunday morning after losing contact with air traffic control at 6:16 a.m.

The items were found on Friday morning and were conveyed to naval vessel KRI Banda Aceh by speed boat.

The items, however, have yet to be sent to Pangkalan Bun, since President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has asked the joint SAR team to prioritize the retrieval of the bodies of the passengers.

There were 162 people, including one infant and 16 children, on board AirAsia QZ8501 bound for Singapore from Surabaya, East Java.