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Indonesia says tail for AirAsia jet had been found


JAKARTA – Indonesia’s search and rescue team has located the tail of the crashed AirAsia plane underwater, an official in charge said on Wednesday.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
The Search and Rescue Agency Chief, Bambang Soelistyo told a press conference in Jakarta.
“We have successfully obtained part of the plane that has been our target.
“The tail portion has been confirmed found,’’ Soelistyo said.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
The AirAsia Airbus A320-200 vanished from radar screens on Dec. 28 enroute from Indonesia’s second-largest city Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
The discovery on the seabed is considered as a major breakthrough in the search as the tail usually houses the black boxes, the flight data and voice recorders, crucial to identify the cause of a crash.
So far, 39 bodies have been recovered and five large parts believed to be from the jet have been detected as the search operation is hindered by unfavourable sea conditions.
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Indonesia’s meteorological agency said earlier that the weather was the “triggering factor’’ in the crash of the plane as icing might have damaged the engine. (Xinhua/NAN)

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