Two bodies of AirAsia victims arrive in Surabaya
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
Two of the seven bodies recovered so far from the AirAsia QZ8501 crash arrived in Surabaya on Wednesday afternoon and were later sent to Bhayangkara Police Hospital for autopsies, said the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas).
"Two bodies were flown from Pangkalan Bun to Surabaya using our Boeing aircraft,' Basarnas Chief Air Marshal FH Bambang Soelistyo said as quoted by Antara during a press conference on Wednesday.
He said the agency's helicopter managed to evacuate the two bodies from the warship KRI Banda Aceh and bring them to Pangkalan Bun because of favorable weather conditions at that time. 'We are trying to evacuate the other five bodies,' said Soelistyo.
The Basarnas commander went on to say that bad weather had hampered the recovery of more AirAsia victims from the Pangkalan Bun waters.
Four bodies were recovered during the fourth day of searching on Wednesday, bringing the total number of AirAsia victims recovered to seven. They comprise four males and three females, one of whom was a flight attendant.
Soelistyo said the search operation was focused on two sectors of water near Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan. As many as 17 helicopters and nine aircraft had been involved on Wednesday.
AirAsia QZ8501 went missing while en route from Surabaya to Singapore on Sunday with 155 passengers and seven crew members on board. (ebf)
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