AirAsia QZ8501: First bodies brought to Surabaya 


Surabaya (Indonesia), Dec 31: The first two bodies from the ill-fated AirAsia Flight QZ8501 have been brought to the Indonesian city of Surabaya, where relatives are waiting.

Next of kin have been asked for DNA samples to help identify the victims.

The bodies were flown to Surabaya’s Juanda airport on Wednesday afternoon from a hospital in Pangkalan Bun, where they had been sent from the crash site.

A three-day search ever since the plane went missing on Sunday had ended on Tuesday when remains including aircraft parts, luggage and the bodies were found in the Karimata Strait, south-west of the town of Pangkalan Bun in the Indonesian part of Borneo.

The Airbus A320-200 was carrying 162 people, 137 adult passengers, 17 children and one infant, along with two pilots and five crew, from Surabaya to Singapore.

The authorities say seven bodies have been retrieved, but bad weather is hampering further salvage efforts.

Instead of New Year’s Eve celebrations, a public memorial will be held in Surabaya on Wednesday evening.

Another five bodies are reported to be on board a ship on their way to a harbour near Pangkalan Bun.

Four of the seven bodies are male and three female, one of them a flight attendant.

But strong winds and 2m waves have slowed down the recovery of bodies and debris, with helicopters mostly grounded and divers prevented from searching the waters, BBC reported.

The weather is forecast to deteriorate further, with heavy rains until Friday.

The Oslo Times

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