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Published On: Mon, Jan 5th, 2015

AirAsia: 34 bodies recovered, bad weather blocks divers from crash site

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Search for missing AirAsia flight hits brickwall

Search for missing AirAsia flight hits brickwall

By A’isha Biola Raji with agency report

The bad weather has made it difficult for the rescue team of the crashed AirAsia Flight 8501 to continue in with the mission even though 34 bodies had been recovered.

Just before losing contact, the pilot of the plane had told air traffic control that he was approaching threatening clouds, but was denied permission to climb to a higher altitude because of heavy air traffic.

According to reports, the crash has triggered an intensive international search-and-recovery operation involving 20 planes and helicopters, along with 27 ships from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the United States. All have been searching for the black boxes, pieces of the Airbus A320 and corpses.

The investigation got a boost at the weekend when sonar equipment identified five large objects on the seabed in the search area, but no images have been captured confirming they are part of the plane. Suspected plane parts also were seen scattered on beaches during an aerial survey.

After detecting the five large objects; officials said it was possible that many passengers and crew will be found inside the wreckage.

Before this revelation, the cause of the Singapore-bound plane crash into the Java Sea 42 minutes after taking off on what was supposed to be a two-hour flight was not known.

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