Pictured in its watery grave: Haunting first glimpse of twisted wreckage of AirAsia plane lying at the bottom of the Java Sea

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Pictures have emerged of the wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 lying on the bottom of the Java Sea 

Indonesia denies civil aviation officials have taken bribes to allow airlines to alter their flight schedules

AirAsia Flight QZ8501 did not have scheduled approval to fly when it crashed over the Java Sea on December 28

Seven officials have been suspended over unapproved flight schedules 

Searchers continue to look for plane’s black box despite bad weather 

Whole sets of seats from the doomed Airbus have been pulled from the sea

Glasses, footwear, backpacks with packets of cigarettes have also been found in the murky water 

There has been 39 bodies recovered so far with 123 still missing 

Eerie photographs have shown the wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501 lying on the bottom of the Java Sea. 

Images show pieces of the jet including what appears to be the tail fin showing the AirAsia logo and possibly an interior section of the cabin. Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle spotted the missing plane’s tail. It’s here that also usually houses the ‘black box’ flight data recorders which will be crucial to determining the cause of the crash.

The haunting pictures revealed on Wednesday come as Indonesian aviation authorities denied officials took bribes to allow airlines to alter their flight schedules amid allegations some were paid to approve unscheduled take-offs, including that of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501.

ABC News reported that Bambang Soelitsyo, the chief of Basarnas, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, confirmed that recovery teams found the tail of the plane in the Java Sea.

‘We have successfully obtained part of the plane that has been our target. The tail portion has been confirmed found,’ he said. 

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Part of AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 that has been found on the sea floor, off Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia

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The Indonesian Search And Rescue Agency found wreckage of the plane at the bottom of the Java Sea

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Rescue teams found the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board

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The bodies of two more victims have been pulled from the sea as Indonesian officials continue the search for the AirAsia Flight QZ8501

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Written by Emily Crane and Sarah Dean and Frank Coletta for Daily Mail Australia
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