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AirAsia flight QZ8501: Search crews find plane tail in Java Sea

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

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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