Wednesday, 7 January 2015

QZ8501: Eight more bodies identified

Eight more bodies have been identified by the Disaster Victims Identification (DVI) team today, bringing the total number of identified victims from the ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 to 24 people.

DVI Head of Police East Java, General Commissioner Budiyono confirmed that the 24 bodies have been identified and brought to Bhayangkara Hospital, here today.

The identification process of the victims was based on the post-mortem data (as primary data) and ante-mortem (secondary data).

Budiyono said, 242 DVI experts from Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and South Korea were tasked to identify the victims.

The eight remains have been handed to their respective families for the funeral.

AirAsia plane tail found

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 162 people on board, an official said.

After days of strong currents and murky water that hindered the operation, searchers managed to get a photograph of the debris, National Search and Rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo told reporters.

The find is particularly important because the all-important cockpit voice and flight data recorders, or black boxes, are located in the aircraft's tail. Small pieces of the plane, such as seats, have previously been spotted.

Soelistyo said the top priority remains recovering more bodies along with the black boxes. So far, 40 corpses have been found, including an additional one announced Wednesday, but time is running out.

Wednesday 7 January 2015


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