Weather foils AirAsia diving attempts, again

2015-01-16 18:21
Indonesian Navy divers heading to the location where the team found the tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501. (Adek Berry, AFP)

Indonesian Navy divers heading to the location where the team found the tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501. (Adek Berry, AFP)

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Jakarta - Bad weather has once again left a team of 81 Indonesian divers frustrated after attempts to inspect the fuselage of the AirAsia plane that crashed last month were interrupted.

"There's still no significant result because the weather is bad," said Suryadi Supriyadi, the search operation director.

The team on Thursday had failed to reach the fuselage, which is about 30m under the sea off Borneo Island, because of strong currents and low visibility.

Officials said they were considering using inflated balloons to lift the fuselage, which may still contain many bodies.

Supriyadi said three more bodies were found, including one by a fisherman, bringing the confirmed death toll to 53.

The aircraft crashed on 28 December on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore with 162 people on board. There have been no survivors.

The fuselage was found on Wednesday, following the retrieval of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder from the seabed earlier in the week.

Investigators said they had downloaded the data from both recorders and were analysing them to determine the chain of events leading to the fatal crash.

A preliminary report on the accident is expected within a month.

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