6th January, 2015 :
Indonesian officials have expanded their search area as the hunt for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 goes on.
The flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore crashed into the sea on 28 December – 37 bodies have been recovered out of 162 people on board.
Officials believe they may have located the tail, which holds the “black boxes”, and parts from the fuselage.
But poor weather has repeatedly delayed efforts to reach and identify the debris and bring it to land.
It is still not known what caused the crash and despite a massive search the main part of the plane has not been found.
Speaking in Jakarta on Tuesday, the head of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency Henry Bambang Soelistyo said teams were “adding to and expanding the priority search area” as of Tuesday.
The weather had improved, he said, so underwater devices had been deployed, while divers had been able to dive lower into the search area.
Indonesia Air Force Lt Col Jhonson Supriadi said the weather was “pretty good” on Tuesday, although he expected it to “get uglier again” later in the day.
Dozens of ships and aircraft are involved in the operation, with Chinese rescue ship and a US Navy vessel joining the mission on Tuesday.
The focus is an area of sea about 90 nautical miles off Borneo, where several large objects which could be from the missing jet have been detected in shallow waters.
Divers sent down to investigate debris have been faced zero visibility because of strong currents and rough seas.
Remotely operated cameras were being used to try to photograph the objects, but waves up to 5m (16ft) high and strong currents made their use difficult.
Source : BBC