Recovery of AirAsia QZ8501 suspended

An AirAsia A320 at Kuala Lumpur airport

By Sophie Griffiths,

The recovery operation for AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been suspended, after search teams failed to retrieve the fuselage following three days of attempts.

Source: Jyi1693 at en.wikipedia

An AirAsia A320 at Kuala Lumpur airport

Officials initially thought that bodies were inside, but have now said that recovering the wreckage is not a priority, as they believe that no victims remain.

Only 70 bodies have been recovered so far, out of the 162 people who were on board the aircraft.

The recovery operation has been hampered by stormy weather, while Indonesia’s military chief, Gen Moeldoko, told the BBC that the wreckage was too fragile to be lifted.

He said that he had taken the decision to pull troops back to their base, after several of the divers who had been involved in the operation were treated for decompression sickness.

A previous attempt to raise the plane on Saturday ended in failure after the fuselage began to break into pieces.

The plane had been flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore when it crashed into the sea on December 28.

A full investigation will take months, but a preliminary report on the accident is expected to be filed this week.

Sourced by TTG Digital

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