Missing AirAsia flight: More than 40 bodies retrieved, says Indonesian navy

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014

Indonesian Air Force crew carry what is believed to be an emergency slide from flight QZ8501. - EPA

JAKARTA: An Indonesian warship recovered more than 40 bodies from the sea on Tuesday in the search for the AirAsia jet, a navy spokesman told AFP.

"Based on the navy radio, it has been reported that the warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 40 bodies and the number is growing. They are very busy now," Mr Manahan Simorangkir said.

The crew of a Hercules rescue aircraft also located bodies close to the first body, and the debris, found in Karimata Strait near Air Hitam Bay.

Hercules A-1319 co-pilot, First-Lt Erwin Tri Prabowo, said he spotted as many as eight bodies within 2-3 nautical mile (5km) radius.

One body floating face down was in a white top and black pants, while several others in a row appeared to be holding hands, Detik.com reported.

Earlier, Indonesia's media outlets reported that Indonesian warship KRI Bung Tomo found six bodies, citing local broadcaster TV One.

It is trying to rescue other bodies being tossed by strong waves, reported Detik.com. -The Straits Times/ANN

- The Straits Times/ANN
Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

AirAsia , Indonesia , Singapore , QZ8501 , Bodies


Next In Nation

Period spot checks are a form of sexual abuse, says Suhakam
MACC: Probe into timber concession in Lenggeng has no links with Negri Sembilan Foundation
Dr Wee: Mutually recognised vaccine passport needed for Malaysia-EU economic recovery
Sabah Kaamatan festival to be held online, says Jeffrey
Fahmi Reza arrested, Bukit Aman investigating case for alleged sedition
Editors' Association: Liew making unfair claims about Chinese press on Jawi calligraphy issue
Motorcyclist with severe burns dies three days after collision with another
Covid-19: Eight new clusters, five linked to education sector
PM: Government is sincere and serious in tackling Covid-19
Covid-19: It’s up to Education Ministry to decide on school closure, says Ismail Sabri

Stories You'll Enjoy