• Rajasthan

    Cong 102
    BJP 72
    RLM 0
    OTH 25
  • Madhya Pradesh

    Cong 113
    BJP 106
    BSP 4
    OTH 7
  • Chhattisgarh

    Cong 67
    BJP 15
    JCC 7
    OTH 1
  • Telangana

    TRS-AIMIM 84
    TDP-Cong 24
    BJP 3
    OTH 8
  • Mizoram

    MNF 26
    Cong 5
    BJP 1
    OTH 8

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AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crash: No relief to kin, divers struggle with upside down, buried tail section

By: | Updated: January 8, 2015 11:18 AM

Tail section of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, that crashed late last month, is upside down and partially buried in the sea floor.

AirAsia, AirAsia flight missing, airasia flights, AirAsia Flight QZ8501, AirAsia crashIndonesian security forces carry a coffin containing the body of an AirAsia Flight QZ8501 passenger onto a military plane to be transported back to Surabaya, at the airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan. (Reuters)

The tail section of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 that crashed late last month is upside down and partially buried in the sea floor, and experts are trying to figure out how to remove the plane’s black boxes from it, an Indonesian official said.

Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle on Wednesday spotted the tail of the plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board. It is an important finding because the jet’s black boxes – which should help pinpoint the cause of the crash – are located in that part of the aircraft.

At least six ships with equipment that can detect underwater objects and the AirAsia Flight QZ8501’s black boxes, back up by nine warships, are working in the area where the tail of was spotted, said Suryadi B. Surpiyadi, a search and rescue operation coordinator from an air force base in Pangkalan Bun, close to the search area,.

Suryadi said the registration number, PK-AXC, and part of the AirAsia logo proved it was the plane. He said two Indonesian military divers showed how the tail plunged into muddy seabed upside down.

”Expert teams from Indonesia and France are now looking for a technique on how to find and lift the black boxes from the plane’s tail in such a position,” Suryadi said.

AirAsia, AirAsia flight missing, airasia flights, AirAsia Flight QZ8501, AirAsia crashIn this underwater photo released by Indonesia’s National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, the part of the wreckage that BASARNAS identified as of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight QZ8501 is seen in the waters of the Java Sea, Indonesia. Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle spotted the tail of the missing AirAsia plane in the Java Sea on Wednesday, the first confirmed sighting of any major wreckage 11 days after Flight 8501 disappeared with the passengers and crew members on board. (AP)

The tail section of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 was located about 9 kilometers (nearly 6 miles) from where Flight 8501 lost contact Dec. 28,

Tony Fernendes, AirAsia’s chief executive officer, welcomed the news. He tweeted, that if it is the tail section then the cockpit voice and flight data recorders, or black boxes, ”should be there.”

He said the airline’s priority still is to recover all the bodies ”to ease the pain of our families.”

Check out the conversation on Airasia flight QZ8501 on Twitter timeline:

AirAsia, meanwhile, said families of those killed would be compensated in accordance with Indonesian laws.

Each will receive $100,000 (1.25 billion rupiah), Sunu Widyatmoko, president of AirAsia Indonesia, told reporters in Surabaya.

So far, 40 corpses have been found, but time is running out, because after about two weeks, most corpses will sink, said Anton Castilani, head of Indonesia’s disaster identification victim unit, and there are already signs of serious decomposition. Officials are hopeful many of the more than 122 bodies still unaccounted for will be found inside the fuselage, which is believed to be lying near the tail.

The Airbus A320 went down halfway through a two-hour flight between Indonesia’s second-largest city of Surabaya and Singapore, killing everyone on board. It is not clear what caused the crash, but bad weather is believed to be a contributing factor.

airasia flight missing, airasia flights, AirAsia found, airasia, airasia flight QZ8501, airasia qz8501Map showing the designated search areas for the AirAsia flight QZ8501. Includes assets deployed in the search operations.

Just before losing contact, the pilot told air traffic control he was approaching threatening clouds, but was denied permission to climb to a higher altitude because of heavy air traffic. No distress signal was issued.

Finding the black boxes will be key to the investigation. They provide essential information about the plane along with final conversations between the captain and co-pilot. The ping-emitting beacons still have about 20 days before their batteries go dead, but high waves had prevented the deployment of ships that drag ”ping” locators.

Check out the conversation on Airasia flight QZ8501 on Twitter timeline:

Sonar-equipped ships involved in the massive international hunt have identified what they believe to be the fuselage of the plane in recent days. Five other big objects have been found on the floor of the ocean, though no visual confirmation has been obtained yet. Smaller pieces of the plane, such as seats and an emergency door, have been collected from the surface.

The water in the Java Sea is relatively shallow at about 30 meters (100 feet) deep, but this is the worst time of year for a recovery operation because of monsoon rains and wind that create choppy seas and blinding silt from river runoff.

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