Date
23 November 2017
AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes told reporters last week he was satisfied with the search and it could not go on indefinitely. Photo: AFP
AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes told reporters last week he was satisfied with the search and it could not go on indefinitely. Photo: AFP

Indonesia calls off search for AirAsia 8501 bodies

The search for remaining bodies from a plane crash in the Java Sea ended Tuesday night.

The ships involved in the search will be pulled out on Wednesday, Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia’s rescue agency, told the BBC.

AirAsia lost contact with flight QZ 8501 on Dec. 28 as it was flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore with 162 people on board.

The search has recovered 106 bodies, with 56 unaccounted for.

The families of those missing are disappointed but understand that the search cannot go on indefinitely, the BBC reported.

The fuselage of the crashed plane was located in the Java Sea in mid-January, and the final part of it that was recoverable was removed at the end of February.

Divers established that those elements of the fuselage that had to be left in the sea did not contain any bodies.

The plane’s two “black box” flight recorders were also found. They revealed several alarms were “screaming”, drowning out the sound of the pilots’ voices.

Indonesia’s transport minister has said radar data showed the plane climbing at an abnormally high rate. This could have caused it to stall, experts say.

The less experienced co-pilot was at the controls at the time, investigators have said.

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