AirAsia QZ8501: Bodies of two pilots found in cockpit, one retrieved


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  • Saturday, 07 Feb 2015

Indonesian rescue personnel from the National Search and Rescue Agency recover a body from the underwater wreckage of the ill-fated Air Asia flight QZ8501 in Java sea. - AFP

JAKARTA: Indonesia's search and rescue agency Basarnas has found the bodies of the two pilots of the crashed Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, it told a press conference on Friday, according to local news media.

Basarnas chief Bambang Soelistyo said the plane cockpit was found 20m from where the fuselage was located, and the bodies of the pilots were inside, still wearing uniforms and strapped to their seats, reported news portal Detik.com.

Divers have managed to evacuate one body, which has been taken on board rescue ship KN Pacitan. The body could not be identified due to an advanced state of decomposition, Mr Soelistyo said, according to Detik.com.

The divers are set to go back down on Saturday morning to retrieve the other body.

The Indonesia AirAsia plane crashed on Dec 28 en route to Singapore from Surabaya, with 162 people on board.

Ninety-eight bodies have been found so far, Detik.com quoted Mr Soelistyo as saying. This includes the pilot’s body found on Friday and one more found in the waters off Pinrang, South Sulawesi. – The Straits Times/ANN
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