The tail of crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been discovered in the
Java Sea, an official has said.
As the part of the plane that contains the 'black boxes' – voice and
flight data recorders – it could provide vital clues about the cause
of the crash.
On route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore on 28 December, the
aircraft disappeared from radar halfway through a two hour flight with
162 people on board.
Divers and an unmanned water vehicle spotted the tail of the missing
AirAsia plane. Bambang Soelistyo, the head of Indonesia's search and
rescue, said that it is the first significant piece of wreckage from
the crash to be identified.
40 bodies have been recovered so far, with authorities under the
belief that many of the passengers may still be strapped inside the
main body of the plane.
AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes said on Twitter: "We need to
find all parts soon so we can find all our guests to ease the pain of
our families. That still is our priority."
Credit: The Independent UK