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AirAsia crash: Four more bodies recovered

Jakarta, January 4: Intertiol search teams on Sunday found in the sea bodies of four more people who were on board the AirAsia jet which crashed on December 28, taking the number of bodies recovered so far to 34.

A Seahawk helicopter of the US vy delivered three bodies to the evacuation command post of the crashed jet first followed by a Singaporean helicopter that brought the fourth body and pieces of debris.

Xinhua quoted Singapore’s ministry of defence as saying that one of its val ships found the fourth body from the crash site at 7.58 a.m. The Indonesian tiol Search and Rescue Agency also unloaded two large objects wrapped in silver covers from the Singaporean helicopter that were believed to be debris of the crashed AirAsia plane. The bodies were rushed to the Imanuddin hospital in central Kalimantan province in Indonesia’s Borneo island before being transported to Surabaya from where the aircraft had taken off for Singapore. The AirAsia flight with 155 passengers and seven crew members went missing soon after taking off. The Airbus A320–200 was cruising at an altitude of 32,000 feet when it lost contact with the air traffic control amid a thunderstorm in the area over Java Sea. (IANS)

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