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Indonesia suspended AirAsia Bhd
(AIRA) flights on the route of its
crashed jetliner pending an investi-
gation, as search teams recovered bod-
ies still strapped in seats and large
objects on the seabed suspected to be
Four more pieces of the plane were
located today, Indonesia s search and
rescue agency chief Bambang Sulistyo
told reporters in Jakarta.
Rain and high waves are preventing
a remote operating vehicle with a cam-
era from being sent down to identify
what has been found, S B Supriyadi,
operational director at the National
Search and Rescue Agency, said in
Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia.
Divers, helicopters, planes and ships
are scouring the Java Sea for the remains
of Flight 8501 in a search that has so
far recovered 30 bodies. The navy is
looking for the flight-data recorder,
located in the tail section, which would
help explain why a six-year-old Airbus
Group NV (AIR) aircraft on a routine
commercial flight crashed on December
28 with 162 people on board.
Indonesia suspended AirAsia s license
to fly the route pending an investigation,
the transport ministry said yesterday.
AirAsia Indonesia CEO, Sunu Widy-
atmoko said the carrier will co-
operate with the probe, according
to comments made at a press con-
ference broadcast on local televi-
sion yesterday. The company won t
issue a statement until the results
of the government review are
announced, he said.
"I think it s strange that the gov-
ernment is suspending the
Surabaya-Singapore service only
now, when it s been operating for
years with no issue," Sunardi, who
was waiting for an AirAsia flight
to Kuala Lumpur today, said in an
interview at Surabaya s airport.
"We still don t know what really
Search teams deploying sonar
and pinger locators to seek the
plane s flight-data and cockpit-
voice recorders---together known
as the black box---are being slowed
by heavy seas and strong winds.
The boxes, which are encased
in bright orange to facilitate their
retrieval, are waterproof, fortified
and designed to emit an electronic
signal underwater for 30 days to
help searchers find them.
Parts of the plane were identified
after sonar contact at 24 meters
under water, according to Hadi
Tjahjanto, a spokesman for
Indonesia s Air Force.
More than 90 vessels and air-
craft have been involved in the
search operation, which has so far
found objects including what
appears to be an emergency door
and an evacuation slide.
The recovery effort will involve
salvaging large pieces of the plane,
engines, landing gear and other
wreckage requiring heavy-duty
lifting capability. The parts will
then be pieced together for the
investigation. Indonesia has sent
a tanker to help, Sulistyo said.
Flight 8501 was the third high-
profile incident involving a carrier
in Asia last year, raising safety con-
cerns in one of the world s fastest-
growing aviation markets.
AirAsia flight route suspended as...
More bodies, wreckage found
Bad weather was the biggest
factor in the crash of AirAsia
flight QZ8501, the Indonesian
weather agency believes.
The BMKG agency said initial
analysis suggested icy conditions
in the air had caused the engine
The Airbus A320 vanished with
162 people aboard en route from
Surabaya in Indonesia to Singa-
pore last Sunday.
The discovery of four large
objects believed to be plane debris
has raised hopes of finding the
fuselage, where most bodies are
believed to be trapped.
Just 30 bodies had been recov-
ered from the Java Sea as of yes-
The plane s black boxes, its
flight data and cockpit voice
recorders, have yet to be located.
Plane crash blamed on weather
Indonesian police stand on the deck of the National Search And Rescue Agency ship during a search operation for
the victims of AirAsia flight QZ 8501 at Java Sea, Indonesia, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Dead bodies of victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 are lifted to Indonesian navy vessel KRI Banda Aceh at sea off
the coast of Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, yesterday. Indonesian officials were hopeful yesterday they were
honing in on the wreckage of the flight after sonar equipment detected two large objects on the ocean floor,
a full week after the plane went down in stormy weather. AP PHOTO
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