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AirAsia crash: Three more bodies found

Jakarta, January 9: Three more bodies of those who perished in the AirAsia plane crash on December 28 in the Java Sea while it was flying from Surabaya in Indonesia to Singapore, were found on Friday by the intertiol search teams, pushing the total recovered bodies to 46. “In total, we have found 46 bodies out of the 162 passengers of the plane,” Antara News quoted an Indonesian rescue official as saying. He noted that the three bodies found by the Japanese ships JS Katami and JS Omi have already been transported to a hospital in the Kalimantan province of Indonesia’s Borneo island.

The AirAsia flight with 162 people — 155 passengers and seven crew members — went missing soon after taking off from Indonesian city of Surabaya for Singapore on December 28.

Earlier in the day, sigls from the plane’s Black Box were detected. Seven divers have been deployed to check the sigls and confirm its position. Indonesia’s tiol search and rescue agency Bambang Soelistyo said the search operation would focus on lifting up the plane’s tail section, discovered on Wednesday as partially buried in the seabed, 30 metres underwater. (IANS)

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