A plane of AirAsia at Soekarno-Hatta airport in Jakarta, Indonesia.(IANS)

AirAsia Flight: Bad Weather a Hurdle for Hunt

The hunt for the missing people as well as the black box flight recorders, after the crash of AirAsia flight QZ8501 five days ago, still continue on Friday with the help of more ships and equipments. While more ships are deployed to find the fuselage, the weather remains as a worry.

The bad weather has affected the hunt badly during the last days. With the forecasts of rain, strong winds and high waves for two more days, Head of Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency , Henry Bambang Soelistyo, said that they are worried about the bad weather.

As per reports, 16 bodies have been found till time. Meanwhile, Indonesian Transportation Safety Committee member Antonius Toos Sanitioso said, “It may take about a week to retrieve the flight recorder and that is if the sea was calm and there are no disruptions such as noise or other obstacles.”

However, Operations Director of the Indonesian search and rescue agency, Supriadi said, “With the increasing amount of evidence and data, it’s very likely we’re getting closer to the fuselage of the AirAsia aircraft, based on what has been detected by sea vessels.”

While the hunt is still on, over 90 ships and aircrafts from many countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and the United States are involved in the search and rescue operation. Meanwhile, as per reports, 9 planes, many with metal detecting equipment, were also scouring a 13,500 square km area off Pangkalan Bun.

Chief Soelistyo said that two Japanese ships with three helicopters were on their way to the area. In the beginning, the search operation was assisted by only seven ships and two helicopters, whereas later many countries have offered help in the aerial hunt and joined the effort.

The AirAsia QZ8501 Flight from Indonesia to Singapore had disappeared with 162 passengers onboard on Sunday. Out of 162 on board, 155 were passengers and seven crew members, in which most of them are said to be Indonesians. During crash, the plane was reportedly at 32,000 feet over Java Sea in Indonesian territory.

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