Despite sighting six bodies among the passengers of the ill-fated AirAsia Flight QZ850, which crashed into the Java Sea, last month, Indonesian divers are unable to bring them to the top of the sea due to poor visibility. One-named naval officer, Widodo, a rear admiral, told journalists that it had become dark the time the bodies were found, and “visibility was very limited so our diving teams could not enter.”
Widodo, who is commander of the navy’s western fleet, is optimistic the team “can evacuate all the bodies from there.” He said rescuers will attach giant air bags to the fuselage, where the bodies are found, “to lift it to the surface by Friday”, Reuters reports.
The plane crash occurred 28 December less than halfway into a two-hour flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. There were no survivors among the 162 people who were on board. So far 59 bodies and the plane’s “black box” flight recorders have been recovered.