Airasia Flight Qz8501 Main Body Of Doomed Plane Finally Found Deep In The Java Sea
These eerie pictures show the main body of the doomed AirAsia plane which crashed into the sea killing 162 people.
The fuselage of the passenger plane – which held the passengers and crew – was found today by a military vessel deep in the Java Sea.
Singapore”s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen posted these underwater pictures of the broken up fuselage on his Facebook page.
The images, which were taken by a remote controlled vehicle, show parts of the wing and writing.
Despite the murky water, the airline”s slogan "Now everyone can fly" can clearly been seen on the wreckage.
GettyTragedy: The main body of the missing AirAsia plane, which is thought to contain many of the victims
The discovery of the fuselage – around 3 kilometres from where the tail of the aircraft was retrieved last weekend – has now raised hopes that more bodies will be found.
Ony Soeryo Wibowo, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Committee, said: "A marker was placed on the engine. Beside the engine is the fuselage, the wing and a lot of debris."
Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 lost contact with air traffic control in bad weather on December 28, less than halfway nto a two-hour flight from the city of Surabaya to Singapore.
GettyAirAsia”s slogan: “Now everyone can fly” can clearly be seen
All 162 people on board were killed. So far 50 bodies have been plucked from the Java Sea, with most brought to Surabaya for identification.
Divers will check the wreckage for bodies on tomorrow, said Fransiskus Bambang Soelistyo, head of the National Search and Rescue Agency.
Indonesian investigators started examining the black box flight recorders today which were recovered from the Airbus A320-200, and hope to unlock initial clues to the cause of the disaster within days.
Divers retrieved the flight data and cockpit voice recorders this week from the plane’s sunken wreckage.
The recorders were lifted from the bottom of the Java Sea and sent to the capital, Jakarta, for analysis. Both were found to be in relatively good condition.
"In one week, I think we will be getting a reading,"
GettyTragedy: It is hoped that more bodies will be found within the fuselage
Mardjono Siswosuwarno, head investigator for the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), told Reuters.
The so-called black boxes – which are actually orange – contain a wealth of data that will be crucial for investigators piecing together the sequence of events that led to the plane plunging into the sea.
The flight data recorder took only 15 minutes to download, but investigators will now need to analyse up to 25 hours of data and several thousand flight parameters covering things such as flying speed, altitude, fuel consumption, air pressure changes and inputs to the aircrafts controls.
Gettyinvestigation: The flight data recorder (FDR) (top) and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) (bottom) from the plane
"We are feeling relieved but there is still a lot of work ahead of us to analyse it," said Siswosuwarno.
Investigators were also expected on Wednesday to begin downloading data from the cockpit voice recorder, which retains
the last two hours of conversations on the flight deck and between the pilots and air traffic controllers.
As is standard procedure, the NTSC will file a preliminary report, which will be made public, to the International Civil Aviation Organization within 30 days. A final report on the crash is not expected to be published for at least a year, Siswosuwarno said
After the recovery of the two black boxes, Indonesia is expected to scale back search and rescue operations in the Java Sea.
But government officials sought to reassure victims’ families that efforts to retrieve the remains of their loved ones would continue.
"We understand if the search becomes smaller … but the bodies have to be found," said Frangky Chandry, whose younger brother was on the plane.
"We want to bury our family. That’s what we want."
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