KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8, 2015:
AirAsia Indonesia said search teams, led by Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), were able to continue operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501 this morning despite less than ideal weather.
AirAsia said that sea divers were deployed to continue with the underwater search following the finding of QZ8501’s tail in the Java Sea yesterday.
“Basarnas said that the operation began at 7am and the sea divers had been observing the second focus area where the tail part was found yesterday, in order to find where the black box is located.
“However, due to swift underwater currents and limited visibility, the divers were only able to find more debris, which is presumed to be from the interior part of the aircraft and baggage compartment,” AirAsia said in a statement.
The tail part will be the main focus of the SAR operation and Basarnas said once the black box was found, the SAR team planned to lift the tail piece out from the water with permission from Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT).
“Meanwhile, Basarnas today confirmed they recovered one more body today from the search area.
“The remains arrived at Juanda Airport, Surabaya, this evening. “
Separately, the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) today announced that it was able to identify the remains of one more person, said AirAsia.
The remains were identified as those of Djoko Suseno, taking the number of victims identified to 25, out of the 41 recovered.
“AirAsia would like to take this opportunity to urge the public seeking progress on the search and evacuation and identification process of QZ 8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from Basarnas and DVI POLRI.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ 8501,” said AirAsia.