Search teams hunting for the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501 have pulled 21 bodies from the Java Sea today but are struggling to locate the plane’s black box recorder amid rain and rough water.
Today’s total is the largest of the search so far, more than tripling the number of bodies recovered from nine to 30, as dive teams say some were found still strapped into their seats.
The news of further discoveries came as more corpses, including that of an 11-year-old boy, were identified and handed back to their weeping relatives at a police hospital in Surabaya, Indonesia.
While the black box has eluded search boats so far, this afternoon crews announced they have found the tail of the plane sitting 100ft below the ocean’s surface using sonar devices.
Rescue workers searching for victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 have pulled 21 bodies from the Java Sea today, the largest number so far, including five that were still strapped into their seats.
Today’s finds bring the total number of bodies recovered to 30. There were 162 passengers and crew on board the Airbus A320-200 when it fell from the skies on Sunday.
After being recovered from the ocean the bodies are placed in numbered makeshift caskets at a hospital in Pangkalan Bun, Borneo, before being flown back to Indonesia.
Medical teams have collected information from relatives on the victims, including their appearance, birthmarks and any surgical scars, in an attempt to help identify the bodies.
Written by Chris Pleasance and Richard Shears for MailOnline and Sarah Dean for Daily Mail Australia
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