Six more AirAsia QZ8501 crash victims found: Indonesian official

By: | Updated: February 2, 2015 9:35 PM

Indonesian divers found another six victims of the AirAsia plane crash, an official said...

AirAsia Flight QZ8501, AirAsia Flight QZ8501 latestChief of Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee Tatang Kurniadi holds a model plane during a press conference in Jakarta. Indonesian investigators say the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia QZ8501 was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded. (AP)

Indonesian divers found another six victims of the AirAsia plane crash, an official said, taking to 84 the number of bodies retrieved since the accident in late December.

Two bodies were found inside the fuselage of the plane, while another four were located near the wreckage on the bottom of the Java Sea.

Another body was located yesterday as the national search and rescue agency resumed operations. Divers had taken a two-day break after searching at sea for weeks in poor weather conditions.

AirAsia Flight QZ8501, AirAsia Flight QZ8501 latestCrew members roll fuel barrels as they prepare helicopters for flights on the deck of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh during a recovery operation for the victims and the fuselage of AirAsia Flight 8501, on the Java Sea, Indonesia. (AP)

The mission is continuing to find the bodies of the remaining 78 people aboard Flight QZ8501, which went down in stormy weather during what was supposed to be a short trip from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

“Divers will continue to search for more bodies tomorrow,” S B Supriyadi, a search and rescue agency official who has been coordinating the operation, told AFP.

The Indonesian military, which has provided the bulk of personnel and equipment for the operation, withdrew from the search last week.

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